Definition of bacon in English:
- I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.
- Cooper sighed and carried two plates of bacon, eggs and sausage on toast to the table.
- In Ireland, badgers have been eaten and cured in much the same way as we now cure bacon.
The word bacon was adopted from French in the 14th century and can be traced back to an ancient German root that links it to back, probably in the sense of the cut of meat. In early use it could mean fresh pork, as well as cured, and could also refer to a pig's carcass. To bring home the bacon, ‘to supply food or support’, first appeared in the USA during the early years of the 20th century. It may have developed from to save one's bacon (‘to escape danger or difficulty’), an older expression which dates from the mid 17th century.
bring home the bacon informal
- But it isn't the only recent movie to measure its maker's personal losses against the lasting achievements of his dad - the one who brought home the bacon and the pain.
- A former pig farmer proved that there is more than one way of bringing home the bacon when he changed his career to the graphics industry.
- She is an anachronistic caricature - from a time when mothers stayed home baking while fathers brought home the bacon - who seems out of place in this day and age.
- In this respect your escape has been a public relations victory, you've brought home the bacon, your critics have taken a roasting - and you've made a lot of headline writers happy.
- The former actor-turned-writer has certainly brought home the bacon in his play!
- A local porker brought home the bacon when she trotted off with a national title at an agricultural show.
save someone's bacon
- Rescue someone from danger or difficulty: only hard braking and a quick turn on to the hard shoulder saved our baconMore example sentences
- Nobody likes backing up, but one day, it'll save your bacon.
- The gallant understudy, who saved the company's bacon by taking over the role of Goneril, has been denied the reviews that might have done her career the world of good.
- His father, a former partisan commander, saved his bacon.
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