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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 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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Nancy Haas of Arizona State University remembers well the day her grandson TJ, then in first grade, got all bright-eyed and announced "We're going to have a SUB tomorrow.
And as Sandra Nelson, a sub for the past seven years in Aldine.
It's good for the protection of the district, it's good for the protection of the sub, and more importantly it's good for the protection of the students," says Larry More, a retired principal who now teaches a three-day course for substitutes in Iris district, Hillsborough County (Fla.
It's data like this that have administrators in these districts concerned: With teachers out of the classroom (for any reason) at least 8 percent of the time per year, that adds up to an entire year of a student's K-12 education spent with a sub.
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.
Nearly every sub has some sort of orientation, whether it's a formal session or two minutes of explanation ("What-was-that-again
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.
Administrators: How will you help me avoid being the object of a Sink the Sub game?
Having emergency lessons ready is particularly helpful in heading off "early finishers, those most likely to play Sink the Sub," Haas says.
Requesting feedback after sub training is the norm, as districts with these programs strive to make them better.