What Does the Phrase “Living High On the Hog” Mean and Where Did the Saying Come From?

Living high on the hog meant originally that you ate what were regarded as the superior cuts of meat.

This meant cuts on the higher parts of the animal like pork chops, hams, etc., as opposed to the belly, feet, knuckles, jowls, and the like.

Someone who lives high on the hog is therefore, in the extended sense, pretty well off.

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