Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He just missed running into Banjo on the Hog's Back by the skin of the teeth.

Hang tight, now—I'm going to beat that horse to the Hog's Back.

The top of the "hog's-back" had been flattened, and on it stood M'tela's palace.

Your chattel is for growing corn, not for corn in a hog's belly.

Mr. Rockefeller did not discover the hog, but it is considered his by right of resemblance.

The general aspect of the Rhinoceros is that of a hog in armor on a grand scale.

A man deliberately makes a hog of himself, and that's an Institution!'

Crupper's no hog; he knows when he's had plenty, and New York's good enough for him.

He visited the corrals, he visited the barn, he visited the hog pens and the chicken roosts.

It was half a dug-out on the hillside, and suggested as much care as a hog pen.


late 12c. (implied in hogaster), "swine reared for slaughter" (usually about a year old), also used by stockmen for "young sheep" (mid-14c.) and for "horse older than one year," suggesting the original sense had something to do with an age, not a type of animal. Not evidenced in Old English, but it may have existed. Possibility of British Celtic origin {Watkins, etc.] is regarded by OED as "improbable." Figurative sense of "gluttonous person" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "Harley-Davidson motorcycle" is attested from 1967.

To go hog wild is from 1904. Hog in armor "awkward or clumsy person in ill-fitting attire" is from 1650s. Phrase to go the whole hog (1828) is sometimes said to be from the butcher shop option of buying the whole slaughtered animal (at a discount) rather than just the choice bits. But it is perhaps rather from the story (recorded in English from 1779) of Muslim sophists, forbidden by the Quran from eating a certain unnamed part of the hog, who debated which part was intended and managed to exempt the whole of it from the prohibition.



Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.