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"Now, here we have a battery of six hogging machines," he'd say.

This is known as the "hogging down" method of harvesting corn.

So there was me, white in the face with grandeur, hogging the engine into the shed.

We sit back and roast the trusts to a fare-you-well for hogging all there is in sight.

"I think the way you two fellows are hogging the Ys and captaincies around here is disgraceful," complained the Codfish one night.

She was so weak that she supported herself against a rock; at last she rolled on her back, hogging the dog in her fore paws.

To bend or give way from heavy weight; to press down towards the middle; the opposite of hogging.

Having done this to their satisfaction they untied the hogging ropes and allowed the steers to gain their feet.

The fact still remains that Epsilon had better be habitable or Pan-Asia will scream we're hogging it.


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.



adjectivegreedy; very desirous
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