Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the needle on the meter barely moved’
indicator, pointer, marker, arrow, hand
2‘she lowered the needle on to the record’
1‘why had she allowed Leo to needle her into telling him?’
goad, provoke, bait, taunt, pester, harass, prick, prod, sting
irritate, annoy, anger, vex, irk, nettle, pique, exasperate, infuriate, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, ruffle someone's feathers, try someone's patience
aggravate, rile, niggle, get in someone's hair, hassle, get to, bug, miff, peeve, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, hack off
British wind up, get at, nark, get across
North American ride
vulgar slang piss off
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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