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Meaning: two slices of bread with some other food between them, such as meat, cheese or peanut butter

For example:

  • Would you like some butter on your sandwich?

  • I'm making cheese and tomato sandwiches for lunch.

Note: Sandwiches are usually held in the hands. Messy sandwiches with gravy or a lot of food inside are sometimes eaten with a knife and fork.

Origin: John Montague (1718-1792), the 4th Earl of Sandwich in England, was a gambler who didn't like to leave the table to eat. When he played cards he would place his lunch meat between two slices of bread to avoid getting greasy hands.

Quick Quiz:

What does a sandwich almost always have?

a. butter

b. cheese

c. bread

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Contributor: Tara Benwell