Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘do you want more coffee?’
desire, wish for, hope for, fancy, have a fancy for, take a fancy to, have an inclination for, care for, like, set one's heart on
long for, yearn for, pine for, sigh for, crave, hanker after, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, cry out for, be desperate for, itch for, covet, need, be bent on
informal have a yen for, be dying for
2‘his toaster wants repairing’
need, be in need of, stand in need of, require, demand, cry out for
3‘you want to be more careful’
should, ought, need, must
1‘millions perished for want of a safe haven’
lack, absence, non-existence, unavailability
dearth, deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, paucity, shortage, shortfall, shortness, scarcity, scarceness, scantiness, undersupply, deficit
2‘a time of want’
need, neediness, austerity, privation, deprivation, poverty, impoverishment, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, pennilessness, pauperism, penury, destitution, famine, drought, indigence
3‘she had faith that all her wants would be taken care of’
wish, desire, demand, longing, yearning, fancy, craving, hankering
need, requirement, necessity, essential, requisite
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