Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘a price tag’
label, ticket, badge, mark, marker, tab, tally, sticker, docket, stub, chit, chitty, counterfoil, flag, stamp
2‘his jacket was hung up by its tag’
tab, flap, loop, lappet, label
3‘he has vowed to throw off his ‘bad boy’ tag’
designation, denomination, label, description, characterization, identification, identity
nickname, name, epithet, title, soubriquet, pet name, byname
informal handle, moniker
formal appellation, cognomen
4‘his writing is full of tags from the Bible and Shakespeare’
quotation, stock phrase, platitude, cliché, epithet, quote, extract, excerpt, passage, allusion, phrase
saying, proverb, maxim, axiom, adage, saw, aphorism, motto, epigram, epigraph, dictum, formula, truism, slogan, catchphrase
informal, dated gobbet
1‘the bottles were tagged with colour-coded labels’
label, attach tags to, put a label on, mark, ticket, earmark, identify, docket, flag, indicate
2‘he became tagged as a ‘thinking’ actor’
designate, describe, identify, classify, label, class, categorize, characterize
mark, stamp, brand, pigeonhole, stereotype, typecast, compartmentalize, typify
name, call, nickname, title, entitle, dub, term, style, christen, baptize
3‘their heads were so large that the rest of their bodies seemed tagged on as an afterthought’
add, tack, join
attach, append, affix, annex
4‘her little boy was tagging along behind her’
come after, go after, tread on the heels of, shadow, dog
go with, accompany, attend, escort
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