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hog

[hawg, hog] /hɔg, hɒg/
noun
1.
a hoofed mammal of the family Suidae, order Artiodactyla, comprising boars and swine.
2.
a domesticated swine weighing 120 pounds (54 kg) or more, raised for market.
3.
a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person.
4.
Slang.
  1. a large, heavy motorcycle.
  2. an impressively large luxury automobile.
5.
Also, hogg, hogget. British.
  1. a sheep about one year old that has not been shorn.
  2. the wool shorn from such a sheep.
  3. any of several other domestic animals, as a bullock, that are one year old.
6.
Railroads Slang. a locomotive.
7.
a machine for shredding wood.
8.
Curling. a stone that stops before reaching the hog score.
verb (used with object), hogged, hogging.
9.
to appropriate selfishly; take more than one's share of.
10.
to arch (the back) upward like that of a hog.
11.
roach3 (def 3).
12.
(in machine-shop practice) to cut deeply into (a metal bar or slab) to reduce it to a shape suitable for final machining.
13.
to shred (a piece of wood).
verb (used without object), hogged, hogging.
14.
Nautical. (of a hull) to have less than the proper amount of sheer because of structural weakness; arch.
Compare sag (def 6a).
Idioms
15.
go the whole hog, to proceed or indulge completely and unreservedly:
We went the whole hog and took a cruise around the world.
Also, go whole hog.
16.
live high off / on the hog, to be in prosperous circumstances.
Also, eat high off the hog.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; compare Old English hogg- in place-names; perhaps < Celtic; compare Welsh hwch, Cornish hogh swine
Related forms
hoglike, adjective
unhogged, adjective
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Examples for hogging
  • The biologists engaged in a hogging frenzy, probing half-submerged logs.
  • It may not be long before the tech giant is hogging the top slot.
  • They accuse them of hogging government posts and oil revenues.
  • Over the past few years, a sense has grown that the rich are hogging the world's wealth.
  • Our older generations are hogging much of these welfare and labor benefits at the direct expense of our younger generations.
  • When late to work, it pains a driver to slow down for a bunch of bicyclists hogging the roadway.
  • These phone carriers will gladly sell you a data hogging beast of a smartphone but then place a cap on the data you can use.
  • Furthermore, they need to stop people from hogging up the space.
  • It also promises to eliminate bandwidth-hogging pop-up ads and reduce spam.
  • His first task was to get rid of the obtrusive island hogging the majority of the room's floor space.
British Dictionary definitions for hogging

hoggin

/ˈhɒɡɪn/
noun
1.
a finely sifted gravel containing enough clay binder for it to be used in its natural form for making paths or roads
Word Origin
C19: perhaps the same as hogging from hog in the sense of arching the back, from the shape given to a road to facilitate drainage

hog

/hɒɡ/
noun
1.
a domesticated pig, esp a castrated male weighing more than 102 kg
2.
(US & Canadian) any artiodactyl mammal of the family Suidae; pig
3.
(Brit, dialect, Austral & NZ) Also hogg another name for hogget
4.
(informal) a selfish, greedy, or slovenly person
5.
(nautical) a stiff brush, for scraping a vessel's bottom
6.
(nautical) the amount or extent to which a vessel is hogged Compare sag (sense 6)
7.
another word for camber (sense 4)
8.
(slang, mainly US) a large powerful motorcycle
9.
(informal) go the whole hog, to do something thoroughly or unreservedly if you are redecorating one room, why not go the whole hog and paint the entire house?
10.
(informal, mainly US) live high on the hog, live high off the hog, to have an extravagant lifestyle
verb (transitive) hogs, hogging, hogged
11.
(slang) to take more than one's share of
12.
to arch (the back) like a hog
13.
to cut (the mane) of (a horse) very short
Derived Forms
hogger, noun
hoglike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hogg, from Celtic; compare Cornish hoch
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Word Origin and History for hogging
hog
c.1175 (implied in hogaster), "swine reared for slaughter" (usually about a year old), also used by stockmen for "young sheep" (c.1350) 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 O.E., but it may have existed. Possibility of Celtic origin is regarded by OED as "improbable." Fig. sense of "gluttonous person" is first recorded 1436. Meaning "Harley-Davidson motorcycle" is attested from 1967. The verb meaning "to appropriate greedily" is U.S. slang from 1884 (first attested in "Huck Finn"). The verb hog-tie "bind hands and feet" is first recorded 1894. Hog in armor "awkward or clumsy person in ill-fitting attire" is from 1660. 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 Eng. 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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Slang definitions & phrases for hogging

hog

noun
  1. A locomotive, originally a heavy freight engine (1915+ Railroad & hoboes)
  2. hogger (1915+ Railroad & hoboes)
  3. A Harley-Davidson2 motorcycle: Harley, perhaps best known for its big-engine ''hogs''/ a hundred Hell's Angels on their Hogs (1960s+ Motorcyclists)
  4. A large car, esp a Cadillac2: ''I got a Hog, a Cadillac'' (1950s+ Black)
  5. (also the hog) PCP or a similar addictive drug: climbed on stage and threw thousands of caps of ''the hog'' into the crowd (1960s+ Narcotics)
  6. A sexually appealing male; Adonis, hunk (1980s+ Students)
verb

To take or eat everything available for oneself; claim and seize all: appeared simultaneously with ET and suffered as the little fungiform geek hogged the box office/ Mara had deliberately hogged the spotlight (1884+)

Related Terms

eat high on the hog, on the hog, whole hog

[railroad and hobo senses fr the fact that large locomotives consumed a great deal of coal]


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