Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a puff of wind’
gust, blast, rush, squall, gale, whiff, breath, flurry, draught, waft, breeze, blow
2‘he took a puff at his cigar’
3‘the publishers expected a puff in our literary column’
favourable mention, piece of publicity, favourable review, advertisement, promotion, recommendation, commendation, mention, good word, commercial
push, ad, boost
4‘extravagant statements are accepted as part of a salesman's puff’
publicity, advertising, promotion, marketing, propaganda, push, puffery, build-up, boosting
patter, line, pitch, sales talk, presentation
spiel, hype, ballyhoo
1‘he reached the top of the stairs, puffing a little’
breathe heavily, breathe loudly, breathe quickly, breathe rapidly, pant, puff and pant, puff and blow, blow
gasp, fight for breath, catch one's breath
2‘Hauser puffed at his cigarette’
smoke, draw on, pull on, drag on, suck at, suck on
3‘the royal family may not be used to puff commercial products’
advertise, promote, give publicity to, publicize, push, recommend, commend, endorse, put in a good word for, beat the drum for
give a puff to, hype, hype up, plug
‘if she went for a walk her ankles puffed up’
bulge, swell, swell out, stick out, distend, belly, belly out, balloon, balloon out, balloon up, expand, inflate, enlarge
‘he puffed out his cheeks’
distend, stick out, cause to swell, cause to bulge, belly, belly out, balloon, balloon out, balloon up, expand, dilate, inflate, blow up, pump up, enlarge, bloat
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