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I knew she was hogged, but I didn't know it was as bad as that.

The oil is extracted from the hogged mass by a steaming and roasting process.

Its colour was reddish, and it had a quantity of stiff, short hair on the neck, which gave it the appearance of a hogged mane.

A slight pause, then he added, casually and quite simply: "The plaintiff reached for it and hogged it."

Occasionally a portion only was hogged, while the greater part remained in its natural condition.

Horace hogged the field glasses most o the time, but my eyes were a blame sight better n his, so I didnt kick about it much.

The long hairs in the mane should never be cut, unless it is intended to clip it off altogether, and make it into a “hogged” mane.

A million kinds of life are spawned on the floor, fighting for the light that tree had hogged for itself.

Well, he'd squared this cob's tail and hogged his mane so that he looked like another animal.

When the corn crop matures, the larger individuals are given the liberty of the corn fields and the crop is "hogged down."


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.

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