Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the sun shone through the window’
emit light, give off light, beam, radiate, gleam, glow, glint, glimmer, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, glitter, glisten, shimmer, flash, dazzle, flare, glare, fluoresce
rare coruscate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
2‘she would even shine his shoes for him’
polish, burnish, buff, wax, gloss, brighten, brush, smooth, rub up
3‘they shone at university’
excel, be outstanding, be brilliant, be excellent, be very good, be successful, be expert, stand out, be pre-eminent
1‘he flinched at the sight of the ravaged face now caught in the shine of the moon’
light, brightness, gleam, glow, glint, glimmer, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, glitter, glisten, shimmer, flash, dazzle, beam, flare, glare, radiance, illumination, luminescence, luminosity, incandescence, phosphorescence, fluorescence
rare refulgence, lambency, effulgence, fulguration
2‘linseed oil helps restore the shine to a dull surface’
polish, burnish, gleam, gloss, lustre, sheen, patina
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