Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘we started to inflate the balloons’
blow up, fill with air, aerate, fill up, puff up, puff out, pump up
dilate, distend, swell
2‘one effect of the demand for second homes was to inflate prices’
increase, raise, put up, boost, escalate, step up
informal hike up, jack up, bump up
3‘numbers have been greatly inflated by the local press’
exaggerate, magnify, pump up, overplay, overstate, dramatize, elaborate, enhance, embellish, touch up, blow up, blow up out of all proportion
increase, extend, amplify, augment, expand, intensify, swell
stretch the truth
informal make a big thing out of
play down, understate
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