Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the sky was full of stars’
celestial body, heavenly body, sun
asteroid, planet, planetoid
2stars‘what do my stars say?’
horoscope, forecast, augury
3‘the stars of the film’
principal, leading lady, leading man, lead, female lead, male lead, hero, heroine
4‘a star of the world of chess’
celebrity, superstar, name, big name, famous name, household name, somebody, someone, lion, leading light, celebutante, public figure, important person, VIP, personality, personage, notability, dignitary, worthy, grandee, luminary, panjandrum
informal celeb, bigwig, big shot, big noise, big cheese, big gun, big fish, biggie, heavy, megastar
British informal nob
North American informal kahuna, macher, high muckamuck, high muckety-muck
1‘Elinor was a star pupil’
brilliant, talented, gifted, able, bright, brainy, clever, masterly, consummate, precocious
2‘the star attraction’
top, leading, best, greatest, foremost, major, pre-eminent, champion
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