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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English picga

pig

1 noun
     
pig
pig1 S2 [countable]
1

animal

HBA a farm animal with short legs, a fat body, and a curved tail. Pigs are kept for their meat, which includes pork, bacon and ham [= hog American English]
He kept pigs and poultry.
2

person

spoken
a) someone who eats too much or eats more than their share:
You greedy pig, you ate all the candy!
I made a bit of a pig of myself (=ate too much) at dinner.
b) someone who is unpleasant in some way, for example unkind or very untidy:
They live like pigs in that house over the road.
You can tell him from me he's an ignorant pig.
(male) chauvinist pig (=a man who thinks women are not equal to men)
3

police

taboo informalSCP an offensive word for a police officer. Do not use this word.
4

a pig (of a something)

British English spoken something that is very difficult or unpleasant to do:
They're improving, and they're a pig of a team to beat.
5

make a pig's ear of something

British English spoken to do something very badly:
Someone's made a right pig's ear of these repairs.
6

in a pig's eye

American English spoken informal used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying
7

pig in a poke

spoken something you bought without seeing it first and that is not as good or valuable as you expected:
What if the car you buy turns out to be a pig in a poke?
8

pigs might fly

spoken used to say that you do not think something will happen:
'Someone might have handed in your pass.' 'Yes, and pigs might fly.'
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