Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various highly spiced and salted sausages, made from beef or a mixture of pork and beef.

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  • noun A highly seasoned type of large sausage of Italian origin, typically made from chopped pork or beef and often garlic, and served in slices.
  • noun baseball A grand slam.

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  • noun highly seasoned fatty sausage of pork and beef usually dried

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, pl. of salame, salami, from Vulgar Latin *salāmen, from *salāre, to salt, from Latin sāl, salt; see sal- in Indo-European roots.]

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Italian, plural of salame ("salami"). From sale ("salt"), from Latin sal.

Examples

  • That's what we call the salami-slicing technique, that one slice of salami doesn't make a difference.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2007

  • The Russians would take a small slice at a time via dubious but not too provocative measures until the whole salami is gone.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • The Russians would take a small slice at a time via dubious but not too provocative measures until the whole salami is gone.

    The ratchet effect/salami tactics

  • In a highly critical report, the health select committee said hospitals were resorting to short-term "salami slicing" as they try to find £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2014/15.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • However, earlier this month professional bodies condemned the revamp and on Tuesday the Health Select Committee published a highly critical report which said hospitals were resorting to short-term "salami slicing" as they try to find £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2014/15.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • His remarks follow a highly critical report from the Commons Health Select Committee which said hospitals were resorting to short-term "salami slicing" as they try to find £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2014/15.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • His remarks follow a highly critical report from the Commons Health Select Committee which said hospitals were resorting to short-term "salami slicing" as they try to find £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2014/15.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • His remarks follow a highly critical report from the Commons Health Select Committee which said hospitals were resorting to short-term "salami slicing" as they try to find £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2014/15.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • In this case the story could mean the word salami means

    Schneier on Security

  • Then, you roll the sheet up tightly, greasing it with shortening and pulling it taut after each turn, until it’s coiled into a thick spool that we call the salami.

    Cake Boss

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