The BBC article Bradford school bans sausage rolls from packed lunches quotes a father saying:

He ended up eating a dry crisp sandwich. How is that any healthier?

What does that mean?

  • I assume butterless. Sep 27, 2017 at 17:57
  • @EdwinAshworth aren't most sandwiches butterless? Plus, since he says "how is that any healther?" it sounds like a "dry crisp sandwich" is something unhealthy.
    – DavePhD
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:59
  • Not in my experience, but even if that's not generally true, why should that mean there isn't a term meaning 'not buttered'? / There is doubtless context showing a comparison, probably with sausage rolls, which you have for some reason omitted here. Sep 27, 2017 at 18:16
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    @EdwinAshworth ok, so "dry" means "butterless" and "crisp" means "potato chip"?
    – DavePhD
    Sep 27, 2017 at 18:18
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    "dry" would be understood in at least most American delis as not only butterless but without mayo or mustard or any other condiments.
    – Xanne
    Sep 27, 2017 at 18:51

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Potato chips are known as crisps in the UK.

A dry crisp sandwich is two slices of bread, unbuttered, with potato chips as the filling of the sandwich. This is by no means an unusual thing in the UK.

See crisp sandwich and other variations.

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    @DavePhD: Actually, they're quite nice. But not something I'd have every day! Sep 27, 2017 at 18:12
  • I guess I should try it first before saying "disgusting". I'm imagining the top of my mouth being poked by pointy chips.
    – DavePhD
    Sep 27, 2017 at 18:16
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    Yes, you do have to crush the crisps down a little, or you risk laceration. But depending which flavour crisps you choose, the result can be surprisingly nice. Sep 27, 2017 at 18:18
  • @DavePhD Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp sandwich ... 😋
    – k1eran
    Sep 30, 2017 at 19:23

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