Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pigging Out

To "pig out" is to eat a great deal of food, thus resembling a hungry pig.

Pigs do not have table manners, so the phrase implies eating without any regard for manners whatsoever. Either way, the phrase implies eating a large amount of food.

Example: "Martha's kids were pigging out at McDonald's the other day. They were eating so many French fries, I thought they would burst." This means, the children were eating a great deal of French fries. French fries from a fast food restaurant are usually eaten with fingers, not forks, so "pigging out" can be an appropriate idiom for eating that way.

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