Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the decomposition of organic material’
matter, substance, stuff, medium
2‘the materials for a new building’
constituent, raw material, element, component
things, items, articles, stuff, necessaries
British informal gubbins
4‘samples of curtain material’
fabric, cloth, stuff, textiles
5‘she's collecting material for a magazine article’
information, data, facts, facts and figures, statistics, evidence, subject matter, ideas, details, particulars
background, notes, documentation, documents, papers
informal info, gen, deets, dope, low-down, dirt
1‘the material rather than the spiritual world’
physical, corporeal, tangible, non-spiritual, mundane, worldly, earthly, temporal, concrete, real, solid, substantial, secular, lay
2‘she was too fond of material pleasures’
sensual, carnal, materialistic, corporal, fleshly, physical, bodily
3‘the storms caused material damage to the crops’
significant, major, important, of consequence, consequential, momentous
weighty, vital, essential, key, meaningful
unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential
4‘information that could be material to a murder inquiry’
relevant, applicable, pertinent, apposite, germane
apropos, to the point, to the purpose
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