Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a red dress’
scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-red
flame, flaming, coral, cochineal, rose, rosy
brick-red, maroon, rusty, foxy, rufous
literary damask, vermeil
2‘he was somewhat red in the face from his exertions’
flushed, reddish, pink, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, rubicund, roseate
ruddy, healthy-looking, rosy, glowing
burning, flaming, feverish
rare erubescent, rubescent
3‘the chlorine in the water made his eyes red’
bloodshot, red-rimmed, inflamed
4‘the lady with the red hair’
reddish, flaming red, flame-coloured, auburn, Titian, chestnut, carroty, ginger, sandy, foxy
1‘in this film the war is against drug barons rather than Reds’
Communist, Marxist, socialist, left-winger, leftist, Bolshevik, revolutionary, anti-capitalist
‘she saw red and hit him with the hammer’
become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
get mad, go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, go non-linear, go ballistic, go psycho
go spare, go crackers, do one's nut
flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack
‘it's more of a red herring than a legitimate plot element’
bluff, blind, ruse, feint, deception, subterfuge, hoax, trick, ploy, device, wile, sham, pretence, artifice, cover, smokescreen, distraction, expedient, contrivance, machination
dodge, put-on, put-up job
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