Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘he jammed a finger in each ear’
stuff, shove, force, ram, thrust, wedge, press, push, stick, squeeze, compress, confine, cram, pack, sandwich, insert
2‘several hundred friends and celebrities jammed into the shop’
crowd, pack, pile, press, squeeze, cram
throng, occupy, fill, overfill, overcrowd
obstruct, block, clog, congest
North American mob
3‘the rudder had jammed’
stick, become stuck, catch, become immobilized, become unable to move, become fixed, become wedged, become lodged, become trapped
4‘even dust could jam the mechanism’
immobilize, paralyse, disable, cripple
deactivate, put out of action, make inoperative
stop, halt, bring to a halt, bring to a standstill
1‘a traffic jam’
tailback, line, stream, hold-up, obstruction, congestion, bottleneck, stoppage
North American gridlock
2‘I'd tell you if we ever got into a real jam’
preserve, conserve, jelly, marmalade
North American dulce
rare confiture, confection
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