British slang sense "police officer" from at least 1785.
[2003', Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina M. Hyams, ''An Introduction to Language'', ]
page 474 — Similarly, the use of the word '''''pig''''' for “policeman” goes back at least as far as 1785, when a writer of the time called a Bow Street police officer a “China Street ' pig .”
Any of several mammalian species of the genus Sus'', having cloven hooves, bristles and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal ''Sus scrofa .
(lb) A young swine, a piglet .
* 2005 April, Live Swine from Canada, Investigation No. 731-TA-1076 (Final), publication 3766, April 2005, U.S. International Trade Commission (ISBN 1457819899), page I-9:
- The farmer kept a pen with two pigs that he fed from table scraps and field waste.
(uncountable) The edible meat of such an animal; pork.
- Weanlings grow into feeder pigs', and feeder '''pigs''' grow into slaughter hogs. Ultimately the end use for virtually all ' pigs and hogs is to be slaughtered for the production of pork and other products.
* 2005 , Ross Eddy Osborn, Thorns of a Tainted Rose (ISBN 0741425319), page 196:
- Some religions prohibit their adherents from eating pig .
Someone who overeats or eats rapidly and noisily.
- "Miss Chastene, could you fetch me out an extra plate of pig and biscuit[?] My partner can't do without your marvelous cooking."
A nasty or disgusting person.
- You gluttonous pig ! Now that you've eaten all the cupcakes, there will be none for the party!
A dirty or slovenly person.
- She considered him a pig as he invariably stared at her bosom when they talked.
- He was a pig and his apartment a pigpen; take-away containers and pizza boxes in a long, moldy stream lined his counter tops.
* 1989 , , (Carrion Comfort) ,
- The protester shouted, “Don't give in to the pigs !” as he was arrested.
- “...Sounds too easy,” Marvin was saying. “What about the pigs ?”
* 1990 , Jay Robert Nash, Encyclopedia of World Crime: Volume 1: A-C ,
- He meant police.
* 2008 , Frank Kusch, Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention ,
- The bank robberies went on and each raid became more bloody, Meinhof encouraging her followers to “kill the pigs ” offering the slightest resistance, referring to policemen.
* 2011 , T. J. English, The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge ,
- Backing 300 of the more aggressive protesters was a supporting cast of several thousand more who stared down the small line of police. Those in front resumed their taunts of “Pig', '''pig''', fascist '''pig''',” and “'''pigs''' eat shit, ' pigs eat shit.” The rest of the crowd, however, backed off and sat down on the grass when reinforcements arrived. Police did not retaliate for the name-calling, and within minutes the line of demonstrators broke apart and the incident was over without violence.113
(informal) A difficult problem.
- But me, I joined the party to fight the pigs . That?s why I joined. Because my experience with the police was always negative.
(countable, and, uncountable) A block of cast metal.
- Hrm... this one's a real pig : I've been banging my head against the wall over it for hours!
- The conveyor carried the pigs from the smelter to the freight cars.
The mold in which a block of metal is cast.
- After the ill-advised trade, the investor was stuck with worthless options for 10,000 tons of iron pig .
(engineering) A device for cleaning or inspecting the inside of an oil or gas pipeline, or for separating different substances within the pipeline. Named for the pig-like squealing noise made by their progress.
- The pig was cracked, and molten metal was oozing from the side.
(pejorative) a person who is obese to the extent of resembling a pig (the animal)
The general-purpose M60 machine gun, considered to be heavy and bulky.
- Unfortunately, the pig sent to clear the obstruction got lodged in a tight bend, adding to the problem.
- Unfortunately, the M60 is about twenty-four pounds and is very unbalanced. You try carrying the pig around the jungle and see how you feel.
* (mammal of genus Sus) hog, swine, see also
* (someone who overeats or eats rapidly) see
* (nasty or disgusting person) see
* (police officer) see
* (mammal of genus Sus) boar, herd boar; sow, brood sow; piglet, piggy
(terms derived from the noun "pig")
* blind pig
* bush pig
* dish pig
* eat like a pig
* flying pig
* guinea pig
* happy as a pig in shit
* if pigs had wings
* in a pig's eye
* pig bed
* piggy bank
* pig in a blanket
* pig in a poke
* pig iron
* pig it
* pig Latin
* pig lead
* pig out
* potbellied pig
* suckling pig
* sweat like a pig
* when pigs fly
* whistle pig
* year of the pig
* Abenaki: (l) (from "pigs")
* Malecite-Passamaquoddy: (l) (from "pigs")
(of swine) to give birth.
To greedily consume (especially food).
- The black sow pigged at seven this morning.
* 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 349:
- ''They were pigging on the free food at the bar.
To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
- "Wow, Doc. That's heavy." Denis sat there pigging on the joint as usual.
Origin unknown. See (m).
(Scottish) earthenware, or an earthenware shard
An earthenware hot-water jar to warm a bed; a stone bed warmer