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hogwash

[hawg-wosh, -wawsh, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈhɒg-/
noun
1.
refuse given to hogs; swill.
2.
any worthless stuff.
3.
meaningless or insincere talk, writing, etc.; nonsense; bunk.
Origin of hogwash
1400-1450
1400-50; 1900-05 for def 2; late Middle English. See hog, wash
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  • Wot's the good of your ladlin' out that hogwash about huntin'?

  • hogwash was beaten and so were all the favourites, and an outsider had won.

    Uncle Joe's Stories Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugesson, First Baron Brabourne
  • My friends, I have heard the vows which Paaker has poured out over our pure altars, like hogwash that men set before swine.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for hogwash

hogwash

/ˈhɒɡˌwɒʃ/
noun
1.
(informal) nonsense
2.
pigswill
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Word Origin and History for hogwash
n.

mid-15c., "slops fed to pigs," from hog (n.) + wash (n.). Extended to "cheap liquor" (1712) then to "inferior writing" (1773).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hogwash

hogwash

noun

Empty and pretentious talk; nonsense; baloney, bullshit: It's hogwash. There's no such thing/ Bradley is too soft, too fragile. Hogslop

[first form 1882+, second 1990s+; fr the house waste fed to hogs; the date of hogslop is probably earlier; hog-slosh in the same sense is found by the 1940s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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