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  • 1An omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal with sparse bristly hair and a flat snout for rooting in the soil, kept for its meat.

    Sus domesticus (with numerous varieties), family Suidae (the pig family), descended from the wild boar and domesticated over 8,000 years ago. The pig family also includes the warthog and babirusa, but the similar peccaries are placed in their own family

    ‘With the advent of farming in the Neolithic, a number of animal species were domesticated, starting with sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle.’
    • ‘Remember to stress that they cannot keep the pot-bellied pig.’
    • ‘The telling factor could be if the disease gets into pig herds.’
    • ‘In addition, the water has been contaminated by discharge from local pig farms.’
    • ‘Hair of pigs and horses are widely used in rugs and upholstery stuffings.’
    • ‘I researched all the farmers' markets and spent time on a rare breed pig farm in Cumbria.’
    • ‘When the programme is completed, it will have encompassed more than 1,200 pig herds.’
    • ‘These features correlate with the more or less omnivorous diet of pigs and peccaries.’
    • ‘With the help of some farmers around, we kept two pigs fed on our leftovers.’
    • ‘Settlements began to encourage the growth of plants such as barley and lentils and the domestication of pigs, sheep and goats.’
    • ‘Supplies of meat will be affected as cattle, pigs and sheep remain wherever they are.’
    • ‘Almost everyone worked with cattle, pigs, sheep, poultry and other domestic livestock.’
    • ‘But all cattle, sheep, pigs and goats will be banned from the show site.’
    • ‘Cloned animals now include five species of mammals: sheep, goats, pigs, mice and cows - but all come with a dubious safety record.’
    • ‘Foot and mouth can affect cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, leading to the development of blisters in the mouth causing increased salivation, and lameness.’
    • ‘Besides this, Spanish cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats introduced European meats and fats, milk, butter, and cheese to the Mexican diet.’
    • ‘The disease can affect cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer (cloven hoofed species).’
    • ‘The hides of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer, and perhaps horses, were all used.’
    • ‘They first introduced horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and domestic poultry.’
    • ‘The animals that were kept domestically were much the same as today, sheep, pigs, cattle, goats and a few horses.’
    hog, boar, sow, porker, swine, piglet
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    1. 1.1A wild animal of the pig family.
      ‘We enjoy long walks on the trails searching for the perfect walking stick, tracking deer, wild pigs and other animals.’
      • ‘From what scientists can tell, their preferred diet is deer and wild pigs called peccaries.’
      • ‘Ecologically, they range from forest dwellers, such as wild pigs and chevrotains, to dominant large herbivores on grasslands.’
      • ‘Wild pigs include the warthog, giant forest hog and red river hog.’
      • ‘Other creatures can also flourish there, including quail, jackrabbits, and small, wild pigs called javelinas.’
      • ‘The trees' seeds are dispersed by birds, wild pigs, agoutis, bats, and monkeys, as well as by wind and water.’
      • ‘Catlike predators with long tails, fossas hunt everything from lemurs and mice to wild pigs.’
      • ‘Pigs are hardy animals and prolific breeders, and in addition to the domestic animals reared on farms, nearly four million wild pigs now roam the United States.’
      • ‘Such holidays occur after good hunts or when large game animals, such as an elephant or a wild pig, have been captured.’
      • ‘Hunting provided most food: deer, wild cattle, elk, wild pig, pine martens, red fox, and beavers.’
      • ‘Because of the rich diversity of this region, Nicobari pigeons, wild pigs, monitor lizards, tortoises, and crocodiles thrive there.’
      • ‘State and government agencies are also investigating whether wild pigs might play a role in spreading disease to crops that reach humans' plates.’
      • ‘Less than 25 percent of those eggs would hatch in the wild, with the rest eaten by monitor lizards and feral wild pigs or drowned by rainy season floods.’
      • ‘Golden eagles are also being relocated to the mainland, an option not available for wild pigs, which the state designates as pests.’
      • ‘In warmer periods the reindeer and mammoths would withdraw northwards, but they would give place to deer and wild pigs, which prefer a wooded environment.’
      • ‘Wild pigs, porcupines and rats, which are the main predators in paddy fields, are kept away using traps.’
      • ‘In areas of highest density of the highlands there are no wild pigs and a few boars are kept for breeding.’
      • ‘In Missouri last week state wildlife officials publicly urged the nearly 500,000 licensed deer hunters to kill feral pigs too.’
      • ‘Apparently rural hunters use dogs to hunt down and kill feral pigs.’
      • ‘Feral pigs churn up soil and uproot native plant species, denuding landscapes and promoting weed growth.’
    2. 1.2North American A young pig; a piglet.
      ‘Young pigs are kept in semi-darkness to minimise fighting and aggression caused through frustration due to their appalling conditions.’
      • ‘For example, younger grower pigs have a high rate of bone growth and therefore have a higher calcium and phosphorus requirement.’
      • ‘Body tissues with the highest rate of formation in younger pigs are bone and muscle.’
      • ‘Consequently, the young pig must be provided a large amount of energy from fat or carbohydrate in the colostrum in order to survive.’
      • ‘We have 300 sows and 200 young pigs which are being reared on the farm.’
      • ‘In contrast, iron is well recognized as being necessary for the young pig and must be administered within a few days of birth.’
      • ‘There are several physiological changes that occur in the digestive tract of the young pig from birth to eight weeks of age.’
      • ‘He performed his experiments especially on monkeys and on young pigs and described the instruments and methods used in experimenting.’
      • ‘Major challenges of the young weanling pig involve the environment, health, and nutritional conditions.’
      • ‘Nursing the sow and consuming colostrum shortly after birth is critical for pigs of any birth weight.’
      • ‘Sprinkling the starter diet or a small quantity of oat groats on the mat close to the feeder allows the pigs to become acquainted with the feeder.’
    3. 1.3The flesh of a pig, especially a young one, as food.
      ‘In fact we can buy a ranch and eat suckling pig, if food is what bothers you and dress up for the carnival.’
      • ‘The food, which was served, consisted of roast pig, beef slices, as well as roast and mashed potatoes and provided all the energy for a long night's dancing into the early hours.’
      • ‘Pork and other pig products - ham, bacon, and sausages - are staples of the Castilian diet.’
      • ‘Galicians specialize in trencherman food: suckling pig, grilled skate, pulpy octopus speckled with sea salt and paprika.’
      • ‘Belly of pork is the kitchen's star turn, a tender piece of pig scented with the pungent breath of garlic flowers - tube of crackling included.’
      • ‘In terms of food, it is usually a roast suckling pig and rice, but it can even be a sandwich.’
      • ‘This is a cold appetiser, with roast suckling pig, sliced beef, jelly fish and ham.’
      • ‘The crackling roast suckling pig may divide your table; it's nasty to some, but to others, each bite echoes the sound of maracas.’
      • ‘The Thursday plat du jour is suckling pig cooked to crackly perfection, with a smoky hint of apples.’
      • ‘This huge chunk of pig leg was deliciously tender and moist served with steamed spinach, cherries and their reduction.’
      • ‘Madonna's wedding meal was a truly mediaeval feast with a roast pig on a spit.’
      • ‘I don't eat pig meat and I don't drink any more.’
      • ‘He said pig meat accounts for almost half of all meat consumed within the EU.’
      • ‘"The team that was running the pig meat business is virtually intact.’
      • ‘Entry fee includes green fee, caddy, European and Thai food, and pig on a spit.’
      • ‘There is a tradition of roasted suckling pig with a red egg in its snout.’
      • ‘Most of the population seemed to be pottering around the streets and there were dozens of stalls groaning under the weight of roast pigs.’
  • 2 informal A greedy, dirty, or unpleasant person.

    • ‘you're such a pig when it comes to sleep’
    • ‘Maybe I'm a chauvinist pig, but you know, the women in my life have never given me any reason to think otherwise.’
    • ‘It's in my nature to be a greedy fat-sucking pig.’
    • ‘Almost down to his last low, although this time round, he had been such a greedy pig.’
    • ‘He was a greedy pig, and he should never have given in.’
    • ‘He deserved it anyway, leaving me to be trampled on by those male pigs!’
    • ‘At least I know he's not a sexist chauvinistic pig.’
    • ‘Happily, in most cases, the gentlemen are not chauvinist pigs either, and both parents share the duties of feeding the chicks when they hatch.’
    • ‘Girls get backhanded by misogynist male pigs, women get into fistfights with each other, old flames line up on opposite sides of the battlefield.’
    • ‘Go ahead: call me an insensitive male chauvinist pig.’
    • ‘He couldn't help but admire how much more of a fat, greedy, oafish pig his uncle had become in his absence.’
    • ‘A devotee of the sexual revolution, he remained in many ways an unreconstructed, 1950s male chauvinist pig.’
    • ‘Thirty years later, feminists referred to men as ‘male chauvinist pigs.’’
    • ‘She'd come close to hitting him except that he'd finished with such a charming smile that she couldn't stay irritated at him for being a chauvinist pig.’
    • ‘I mean, a male chauvinist pig isn't born, he's made, and more and more of them are being made by women.’
    • ‘Some of the lads embrace their new role as master of the house more enthusiastically than others, but are they really capable of playing the male chauvinist pig for the full four weeks?’
    glutton, guzzler, gobbler, gorger, gourmand, gourmandizer, binge eater
    brute, monster, devil
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  • 3 derogatory A police officer.

    • ‘were the pigs there when the windows were smashed or not?’
    • ‘He's known for unusual sentences, like the time he ordered a man who called a police officer a pig to spend a couple of hours penned up with the real thing.’
    • ‘And a man who called a policeman a pig had to stand for two hours with a hog in a pen set up in a town centre.’
    • ‘All police are pigs because they make the conscious decision to join an organization which is, basically, legal GANGSTERISM.’
    • ‘At about the same time, people who disliked the police began calling them pigs.’
    • ‘Sure, you might call the guy who is a pig a pig, but not all policemen.’
  • 4An oblong mass of iron or lead from a smelting furnace.

    See also pig iron

    ‘One indication of its importance is the incidence of lead pigs or ingots, many stamped with the emperor's name or that of a lessee, which have been found across Britain.’
    • ‘In order to make malleable wrought iron, the iron pigs were reheated and forged into red hot iron masses called blooms.’
    • ‘Lead ore, pig lead, timber and chert stones from Flintshire were the other significant cargoes.’
    • ‘The French iron industry, together with the Italian, came to excel in engineering rather than in the manufacture of pig and cast-iron.’
  • 5A device which fits snugly inside an oil or gas pipeline and is sent through it to clean or test the inside, or to act as a barrier.

    ‘I thought the miniature pig laser tests we did for NASA on the ISS were crazy.’
    • ‘Depending upon function, different pig designs are used.’
    • ‘The pig is forced down the pipeline by hydrostatic or pneumatic pressure that is applied behind the pig.’



/piɡ/ /pɪɡ/

verbverb pigs, verb pigging, verb pigged

  • 1pig oneself informal Gorge oneself with food.

    • ‘he'd pigged himself on the last of the food’
    • ‘we've been pigging ourselves on all the cuisines in LA’
    • ‘Any more of this Zen acceptance stuff and I'd sit about all day blissfully pigging out on junk food and getting obese.’
    • ‘We shared traditional Bulgarian, Russian, and American foods, and pigged out for four hours.’
    • ‘She rapidly scanned the room to see if she knew anyone and in the corner of the room where she was sitting that morning, she spotted her brother and Alex still pigging out on food.’
    • ‘Alyssa and I were in the hotel room pigging out on Chinese food.’
    • ‘The two of them were in Paige's dorm room pigging out on junk food watching television.’
    • ‘As soon as they got their food they started pigging out as the man had said to do.’
    • ‘The guests stayed a few hours, and they took turns playing video games, they all pigged out on junk food, Eon showed the group his latest paintings, and Melanie read them her latest chapter of her book.’
    • ‘Suppertime had been Dad's favorite time of the day and Mom had always loved cooking great things for him and they used to sit across the table from each other just enjoying the moment as us kids pigged out on the food.’
    • ‘A couple of hours later after the girls had pigged out on food, watched a movie, and talked for over an hour, Abby was sound asleep on the floor.’
    • ‘The three girls danced and laughed and Jenn pigged out on the food.’
    • ‘Fortunately he gave up and drove off, leaving us to enjoy the rest of the night pigging out on western style food and booze and dodgy films.’
    • ‘They sat around Denise's mom dinning table and pigged out on as much food as they could stuff inside their mouths.’
    • ‘And as if that wasn't enough, she pigs out on a raspberry and almond tart too.’
    • ‘The idea is that if we remove those toxins that have built up in our bodies from bad diet, pigging out, late nights, stressful lifestyles and pollutants in the atmosphere, we will find health and vitality.’
    • ‘I've been trying to eat properly recently, as I am fighting the proverbial battle of the bulge, but over the last two days, I have been pigging out!’
    • ‘And, as the whole pack contained only 280 calories, there were no guilt issues about pigging out.’
    • ‘We went to a nice restaurant where I pigged out on seafood.’
    • ‘Since the last time I was here, the Hotel had added sausage, bacon and eggs to their buffet breakfast and we lingered, savoured or pigged out if you prefer.’
    • ‘Well, after we got through pigging out, we all sat around, too stuffed to move.’
    • ‘My sister-in-law, who is a qualified nutritionist, was impressed by the fact that instead of my usual bacon, sausage and egg for breakfast I was now pigging out on fat-free yoghurts and masses of fruit.’
    stuff, cram, fill
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  • 2no object (of a sow) give birth to piglets; farrow.

    ‘The patron of the hospital was held in such esteem, that when any person's sow pigged, one was set apart, and fed as fat as they could make it, to give to the brethren of St. Anthony.’
    • ‘The other sow pigged, and has raised a lovely litter of 6.’
    • ‘If their sow pigged or their hens breed chickens, they cannot afford to eat them but must sell them to make their rent.’
  • 3no object Operate a pig within an oil or gas pipeline.

    as noun pigging ‘they will carry out all trenching and pigging’
    • ‘If the pipeline is to be cleaned mechanically or "pigged" the pipeline size may dictate the minimum valve bore or the valve configuration.’
    • ‘The purpose of operational pigging is to obtain and maintain efficiency of the pipeline to be pigged.’
    • ‘And once you've pigged, or maintenance pigged, the pipeline, then you run a smart pig through there, and a smart pig measures the wall thickness of the pipe so that you can find little weaknesses before they rupture.’



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    a pig in a poke
    • Something that is bought or accepted without knowing its value or seeing it first.

      ‘the unwary were apt to buy a pig in the poke’
      • ‘It was obvious to many observers, that when the county council went for the Cocklebury Road site, they bought a pig in a poke.’
      • ‘As far as I can see we're being asked to buy a pig in a poke.’
      • ‘For most people, buying an air ticket is buying a pig in a poke.’
      • ‘And with a court that's divided 5-4 on so many of those cases, we're not willing to buy a pig in a poke.’
      • ‘Managers sometimes bought a pig in a poke - not fully understanding what they were getting.’
      • ‘To some extent the opposition has bought a pig in a poke here.’
      • ‘The former mayor said: ‘People are being asked to vote for a pig in a poke - it is all so uncertain.’’
      • ‘I would like to know more about the whole thing and I don't intend voting for a pig in a poke.’
      • ‘Let us hope that they recognise a pig in a poke when it is offered to them.’
      • ‘I'm afraid I can't offer much information on the state of the company - they haven't spoken with me for ages so it's a bit of a pig in a poke.’
    bleed like a stuck pig
    • Bleed copiously.

      ‘Her ear is split in two and she is bleeding like a stuck pig…’
      • ‘He hit me on the top of the head with the gun and I was bleeding like a pig and lost the sight in my left eye from the blood.’
      • ‘‘I'm bleeding like a stuck pig,’ I mumbled, walking quickly as fast as I could to the ladies’.’
      • ‘God Jesse… you were bleeding like a stuck pig… Luckily, Damien has the same blood type as you.’
      • ‘You were unconscious, badly injured, half-dead, and bleeding like a stuck pig.’
      • ‘The witnesses were more than impressed by the officer who carried on stoically despite bleeding like a stuck pig.’
      • ‘He sighed, wearily, and looked up, to assure the person that he was fine, he bled like a pig every day.’
      • ‘The arrow had to cut some big arteries because he bled like a stuck pig.’
      • ‘The tattoo was done in about an hour, even though I bled like a stuck pig.’
      • ‘I can't cut my boy's hair, I nicked his ear last time and I felt awful, it was the tiniest cut but he bled like a stuck pig.’
    in a pig's eye
    mainly North American informal
    • Expressing scornful disbelief at a statement.

      • ‘“Under other circumstances, I think we could have been friends.” “In a pig's eye,” Susan thought’
      • ‘In a pig's eye is rhyming slang for lie, and usually means Nonsense!’
      • ‘The down-home narrative is folksy and fun to read aloud, particularly Granny's refrain, "In a pig's eye! My, oh, my!"’
    in pig
    • (of a sow) pregnant.

      ‘The first indication that a sow is ‘in pig’ is failing to come back in season after being mated.’
      • ‘Some breeders will leave the boar in with the sow until they can feel that the sow is in pig.’
      • ‘A piglet from the porcherie costs FRw 5000 (€10) but the fatted pig can sell for FRw 15000 or a little more if a sow is in pig.’
    make a pig of oneself
    • Overeat; eat more than one's share.

      • ‘we made pigs of ourselves, with too many sweets’
      • ‘If I tempt you with ice-cream knowing that you will renege on your diet as a result, am I partly responsible for your making a pig of yourself?’
      • ‘The first side involves Stan making a pig of himself.’
      • ‘I couldn't help but make a pig of myself and eat them by the handful.’
      • ‘It's not all making a pig of yourself, though, with five golden-beached islands just a few miles offshore.’
      • ‘If you want to go whole-hog on steak without making a pig of yourself, try Belgian Blue beef.’
      • ‘Excuse me for making a pig of myself, but I've only had a sandwich at the wheel of the car.’
      • ‘Stella comments that Stanley is making a pig of himself with the greasy food at the table.’
      • ‘We made our way to the dining room, where Kevin was already making a pig of himself.’
      • ‘Looks like someone's going to make a pig of herself soon.’
      • ‘Madame however, could not resist the thought of the bread and butter pudding with custard, and made a pig of herself, finishing with a wide smile, while saying, ‘Delicious!’’
    make a pig's ear of
    British informal
    • Handle ineptly.

      • ‘only adults make a pig's ear of it when they start fishing’
      • ‘It charged councillors with having squandered the windfall receipts from the flotation of the municipally-owned telephone company three years ago and making a pig's ear of its housing policy.’
      • ‘Now they are in danger of making a pig's ear of government policy on health.’
      • ‘‘Football's a cut-throat industry and you do get criticism when you make a pig's ear of it,’ said Arthur.’
      • ‘Let's just hope they don't make a pig's ear of it.’
      • ‘Perhaps the one point we agree on is that the present government has made a pig's ear of dealing with asylum applications.’
      • ‘While helping out plump, inhibited city accountant Albert with his love life, he makes a pig's ear of his own.’
      • ‘There are no defenders but Park still makes a pig's ear of it and Barry saves.’
      • ‘Having said that, you could give the same fellow his choice of angles and he'd still make a pig's ear of it.’
      • ‘OK, I'm sorry, I've made a pig's ear of your point.’
      • ‘Sadly I made a pig's ear of it and had a bit of trouble surfacing.’
    put lipstick on a pig
    • Make superficial changes to something regarded with dislike or disfavor in a fruitless attempt to make it more appealing.

      • ‘any attempt to revise the bill would amount to putting lipstick on a pig’
      • ‘He also said he wants the focus to be on the issues not on, quote, "lipstick on a pig stuff."’
      • ‘He likened their effect on the team to "putting lipstick on a pig".’
      • ‘FBI officials say moving its old system online was too costly, akin to "putting lipstick on a pig."’
      • ‘The one GOP congressman compared the changes to "putting lipstick on a pig."’
      • ‘We're not trying to sugarcoat things, or put lipstick on a pig, or anything like that.’
      • ‘No matter how "green" they seem, it's like putting lipstick on a pig – they still can't hide their ugliness.’
      • ‘I had to put lipstick on a pig.’
      • ‘It's essentially putting lipstick on a pig and you still end up with a bad trade deal at the end of the day.’
      • ‘Boos and cheers greeted the announcement in the meeting; one heckler called it 'Lipstick on a pig!'’
      • ‘They call it putting lipstick on a pig because these barracks are so old.’
    squeal like a pig
    • Squeal or yell loudly and shrilly.

    sweat like a pig
    • Sweat profusely.

      • ‘this outfit makes you sweat like a pig’
      • ‘His face is a beetroot and he's sweating like a pig.’
      • ‘It is a non-air-conditioned one, and none of the windows are open, so I'll be sweating like a pig for fifteen minutes.’
      • ‘But what happens is that you put on your nice clothes, then by the time you walk up the 75 steps you are sweating like a pig.’
      • ‘I got there just as the train pulled in and stood in the doorway, sweating like a pig, wishing someone would open a window.’
      • ‘Then I started sweating like a pig on the train because there was no air conditioning and it was in the high 20's.’
      • ‘I only had half an hour before checking in and I was sweating like a pig, so I decided to wait at the hotel.’
      • ‘I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt, carrying a backpack, and sweating like a pig.’
      • ‘After ten minutes of this I was sweating like a pig in a sauna, and soon I was aching all over.’
      • ‘He said it seemed that I had a nightmare because I was sweating like a pig.’
      • ‘No, I'm sweating like a pig, can you turn on the air please?’
    when pigs fly
    • Used ironically to express disbelief.

      ‘“Maybe he's trying to change.” “And pigs might fly.”’
      • ‘I will be stopped when pigs fly!’

Phrasal Verbs

    pig out
    • Gorge oneself with food.

      • ‘the food's pretty good and you can pig out’
      • ‘don't pig out on chips before dinner’
      stuff, cram, fill
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Middle English probably from the first element of Old English picbrēd ‘acorn’, literally ‘pig bread’ (i.e. food for pigs).