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sub (sandwich)

A sandwich served on a long roll of bread, typically six inches to several feet in length, filled with a variety of ingredients including meat, cheese, and vegetables. Primarily heard in US. This restaurant across the road from our office makes the best sub sandwich in the city. I've gotten to where I go there two or three times a week for lunch. I'm ordering a few four-foot subs for the party this weekend, so if you have any food allergies, let me know before tomorrow.
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sub for (someone or something)

1. To act as a substitute for someone or something. ("Sub" is an abbreviation of "substitute.") I'm subbing for Eric for the next few days while he recovers in the hospital. Don't believe anyone who tries to convince you that low-fat cooking sprays can sub for real butter or olive oil and not taste any different.
2. To use, employ, or instruct someone or something to act as a substitute for someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sub" and "for." With a healthy 30-point lead, the coach subbed the rookie for the star quarter back to give him some experience on the field. Let's try subbing an AC motor for the DC one we've been using and see if that improves the results.
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sub rosa

Privately. This Latin phrase (meaning "under the rose") refers to the ancient use of the rose as a symbol of secrecy. No, I had no idea they were planning to reject the proposal. They must have reached that decision sub rosa.
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submarine (sandwich)

A sandwich served on a long roll of bread, typically six inches to several feet in length, filled with a variety of ingredients, usually some combination of meat, cheese, and vegetables. Often shortened to "sub" or "sub sandwich," and known by different names in different regions, such as "hoagie" and "hero." This restaurant across the road from our office makes the best submarine sandwich in the city.
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sub for someone or something

to substitute for someone or something. I have to sub for Roger at work this weekend. Will pliers sub for the wrench you wanted?
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sub someone for (someone else)

 and sub something for something else
to substitute someone for someone else or something for something else. I will sub Chuck for Roger for this next play only. We will sub the red ones for the blue ones.
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1. n. a substitute. I was a sub in the school system for a while.
2. in. to serve as a temporary replacement. I subbed for Mary in a couple of games.
3. n. a submarine. I was aboard a sub for twenty minutes—and that was at Disney World.
4. Go to submarine (sense 1).
5. n. a subscription, as to a magazine. I got a sub to a computer magazine for my birthday.


1. and sub and hoagy and torpedo and grinder and poor boy and hero n. a long sandwich containing many different foods. (Sometimes many feet long. It is cut into smaller segments for serving a group. Usually contains sliced meats and cheese, as well as tomatoes and onions. Terms vary depending on where you are in the country.) He ordered a submarine, but he couldn’t finish it.
2. n. a large marijuana cigarette. Look at the size of that sub!
3. n. [menstrual] tampon. My God! I’m out of submarines!


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That may be because, traditionally, a good sub is hard to find.
Would your district pass muster if it were up against other school systems in winning over a potential sub? Tune in to the latest episode of The Substitute Game to find out.
"The sub has to be able to pick up the baton and carry the ball while [teachers are] gone," says Kim Lindley, director of staff development for Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Since 2002, the 2,500-teacher district has used an online application system that's raised the bar in both numbers and variety of sub applicants, says Deborah T.
"A lot of folks are under the impression that anybody can be a sub. We don't hire everyone that applies," says Coffey.
Nearly every sub has some sort of orientation, whether it's a formal session or two minutes of explanation ("What-was-that-again!?") while being walked through the hallway before the opening bell.
When Nelson began subbing in Aldine after spending a few years as a para-professional there, the only training available was "a video that sort of showed what was expected of you as a sub," she says.
For districts unable to offer a separate training program--such as Capistrano, which lost funding for its How to Be a Super Sub session, developed last year--subs can often attend staff development workshops with permanent teachers.
"Administrators: How will you help me avoid being the object of a Sink the Sub game?"