Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a dress of dark green voile and net’
netting, meshwork, mesh, webbing, tulle, fishnet, openwork, lace, lacework, latticework, lattice
2‘one civil servant, at least, managed to escape the net’
trap, booby trap, snare
1‘drug busts that netted big criminals both in Panama and America’
catch, capture, take captive, trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, bag, hook, land
informal nab, collar
1‘their net earnings’
after taxes, after deductions, take-home, clear, final
informal bottom line
2‘the net result is difficult to predict’
final, end, ultimate, concluding, closing
overall, actual, effective
1‘the once-struggling actress has netted £50,000 from interviews since the news broke’
earn, make, get, gain, obtain, acquire, accumulate, take home, bring in, pull in, clear, pocket, realize, make a profit of, be paid
fetch, yield, raise
informal rake in
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