1. human flesh, a human being.
|Piers Plowman (B) V line 191: As a lethern purs lolled his chekes [...] And as a bondeman his bacon his berd was unshaue.|
|Henry IV Pt 1 II ii: On, bacons, on! What, ye knaves? Young men must live.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk II 358: How happy shall be that man to whom you will grant the favour to embrace her, to kiss her, and to rub his bacon with hers.(trans.)|
|Hogan-Moganides 31: Guddy Allgut did engage At Battabum, the Cornish Hugg, A Buxom Wench, and Jolly Pug, Who oft together scraping Bacon At length they found that she had taken.|
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Eng. Poets XI (1810) 399/1: Believe me, what thou’st undertaken / May bring in jeopardy thy bacon.‘Horace B II Ode I’ in Chalmers|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 138: But this condescension was misinterpreted by the other, who [...] asked if Perry was afraid of his bacon.|
|Works (1794) II 163: I tremble for his badger’d bacon.‘Peter’s Pension’|
|Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 15/2: Dolly is well disposed, I trow, / To trim her husband’s bacon.|
|Paul Clifford I 157: ‘’T is a market proper for pigs, dear dame,’ said Paul, who [...] did not refuse a joke as bitter as it was inelegant; ‘for, of all others, it [i.e. prison] is the spot where a man learns to take care of his bacon.’.|
2. a rustic, a clown; also attrib.
|A Royal Arbor 40: [Stay, prethe who comes here? A gaping countrey Clown] nim.: Ne’re men till now / Were gull’d by such a Costard. fil.: If we meet, I vow / Wee’l bang the bacon bastard black and blew.‘The Cheaters Cheated’|
3. the genitals.
|Gypsies Metamorphosed 41: [The Devill] shifted his trencher as soone as he spies the Baud and Bacon By which you may note the Devills a wencher.|
|Witty Fair One IV iv: I am untrussing as fast as I can [...] have at your bacon.|
|Hey for Honesty III iii: There were many country lobs that, having surfeited on the glory-bacon of their milkmaids’ favours, were fain to repair to the next alehouse for purgations.|
|Miscellaneous Poems (1716) 106: Though their Mouths are poor Pimps / (Whore and Bacon being all / Their chief Food).‘Call to the Guard’ in Dryden|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk IV 271: Those, said Friar John, must needs stink damnably of fish when they have rubbed their bacon one with the other.(trans.)|
|Wooden World Dissected 11: He is a great Admirer of a fleet Sailor, and had rather have a good Runner, than a ship of great Force; for if he can’t take, he can leave, and there is no Honour lost, if he can come off with his Bacon.|
4. money [the rich fattiness of the meat is a metaphor for wealth].
|TAD Lex. (1993) 15: Friend Mr Claus Please gimme one swipe at that Canuck. I need the bacon.in Zwilling|
|Old Man Curry 198: How we goin’ lay up any bacon agin such odds as that?‘A Morning Workout’|
|AS I:3 150: One who rustles doesn’t wait to write to his pastor, nor to go back to the hotel for a hankie, but he gets out and ‘throws his legs’ and ‘humps his tail,’ and ‘gets the bacon’.‘Westernisms’ in|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 437: Bacon, Plunder.|
|Really the Blues 84: Butter-and-egg men with plenty of bacon.|
5. the penis.
|‘Empty Bed Blues’ [lyrics] He poured my first cabbage and he made it awful hot / When he put in the bacon, it overflowed the pot.|
|Filth 234: Come taste the bacon baby, come taste that muthafuckin bacon!|
6. (US) prey, synon. with meat n. (5)
|Und. Mag. May [Internet] This here cashier, Cyrus Rathbone [...] who ducked outta th’ Citizens National Bank with twenty grand in currency is our bacon.‘Take ’Im Alive’|
7. (US campus) a woman.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 1: bacon – good-looking, sexy woman.|
|Sl. and Sociability 50: Most all groups that cultivate slang, even female college students, create or acquire derogatory words for ‘women’ picturing them as objects (bacon, box, hosebag, slampiece) or as animals (bitch, chick, dog, fox).|
8. (US black) the good life, material success [the rich fattiness of the meat is a metaphor for wealth].
|Top-Notch 1 Apr. [Internet] ‘I’ll bet it’s a contract,’ said I, enthusiastically. ‘Oh, boy! It’s the bacon, all right.’.‘Stroke of Genius’ in|
|Cowboy Lingo 206: To succeed in one’s efforts of whatever kind was to ‘get the bacon’.|
|Da Bomb Summer Supplement 1: Bacon 1. (adj.) Something real good.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: bacon bazooka euph. Penis; pork sword; the pink oboe (qv).|
see separate entry.
fat-faced, heavily jowled; thus bacon-face n., a term of abuse.
|Blind Beggar of Bednall-Green Act II: I’de hang this bacon-fac’d slave orethwart his shanks.|
|More Dissemblers Besides Women IV ii: Faith, then there’s a company of bacon-faces.|
|‘Saint George and the Dragon’ in Rump Poems and Songs (1662) II 181: And take in that Bull-headed, splay-footed Member of Circumcision, / You Bacon-fac’d Jew, Corbet: that Son of Perdition.|
|Penkethman’s Jests 94: A strammelling two-handed Harlot, Grenadier-height, and limb’d like a Bacon-fac’d Dutchman.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Sporting Mag. Aug. VI 269/2: ‘What have you got to say, old Bacon-face?’ said a counsellor to a farmer.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Tom and Jerry II ii: But good night, for I suppose as how you won’t stand a drop o’ nothing, old Bacon-face?|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 5: Bacon face — fat chops, full and brawney.|
|Turpin’s Ride to York II vi: He, he – I were thinking that my bacon face and thy calf’s head would make a capital dish.|
|Book of Jests 11: ‘What have you got to say old Bacon-face?’ [...] ‘Why,’ answered the farmer, ‘I am thinking my bacon-face and your calf’s-head would make a very good dish!’.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 3 Feb. 3/3: The professional skill of a Peggy-bacon-faced sort of old woman.|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 24: What do you say, old Bacon-face, that I never got it?|
|Henry IV Pt 1 II ii: Ah! whoreson caterpillars! bacon-fed knaves!|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Wreck I iii: You bacon-fed four-foot-and-a half of farmhouse stupidity.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 38/2: since ca. 1940.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I xxxvi: A certaine gulligut friar and true bacon-picker.(trans.)|
the vagina; one of a number of terms that equate the vagina with raw meat.
|UrbanDictionary.com [Internet] bacon sandwich. female genitalia.|
a rustic, a yokel.
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I [note]: Bacon-slicer is as much as to say, a worthless fellow, though strictly a braggadochio, a vapourer, a beater of a fast-tied cow, a breaker-down of open doors.(trans.)|
the labia majora.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 3: bacon stripsn. Female external genitalia, presumably with the word ‘danish’ printed on in blue ink; a ragman’s coat (qv).|
see as useless as a pork chop at a Jewish wedding under pork chop at a Jewish wedding phr.
to deliver whatever is requested and required.
|Santa Fe Employees Mag. 354: Dykes says next time he will use his dark ball, which they can’t see, and will bring home the bacon.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 15: He will have to go a long way to land him, but he’ll bring home the bacon as sure as you’re wearing a hat.in Zwilling|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 26/1: Thousands of people trained from all parts of the United States to New Mexico, in the cheerful hope that the fireman might by one lucky wallop transfer the bacon from the camp of the black race to that of the white.|
|His Last Bow in Baring-Gould (1968) II 796: The man waved a small brown-paper parcel triumphantly above his head. ‘You can give me the glad hand to-night, mister,’ he cried. ‘I’m bringin’ home the bacon at last.’.|
|Top Notch 1 Aug. [Internet] He’s an egg that’s brought home the bacon!‘The Dizzy Dumb-Bell’ in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 76: It cannot fail to bring home the gravy.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 46: I know big blokes, real gamblers. Blokes what’ll speculate a thousand pound on a good chance and you can meet ’em, see. Just so long as you bring home the bacon.|
|Otterbury Incident 89: Johnny Sharp stopped me and said, ‘Brought home the bacon?’.|
|Cast the First Stone 163: She does her job, which is to keep our home running smoothly, and I do mine of bringing home the bacon.|
|Sheeper 118: Tall Gary Cooper dikes are comely and well hung. I wish I had a tall G.C. dike to bring home the bacon. Yummy.|
|A Second Browser’s Dict. 13: Bring home the bacon [...] 2. To succeed. To triumph.|
(US) to ruin, to cause difficulties or unhappiness for someone else.
|‘Richard the Third’ in Rootle-Tum Songster 50: De Duck of Buckingham am taken, / Quickly let us cook his bacon.|
|Ballads of a Cheechako 101: But the one that cooked my bacon was Grubbe, of the City Patrol.‘The Black Sheep’ in|
the gesture of ‘thumbing one’s nose’; thus make/pull long bacon.
|‘Three Ha’pence a Foot’ [lyrics] But neither would budge in the bargain; / When whole daft thing were kind of a jam, / So Sam put ’is tongue out at Noah, / And Noah made ‘Long Bacon’ at Sam.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 932/1: pull long bacon. To ‘cock snooks’.|
|Nelson Almanac 163/1: The Austrians [...] teased their victors with the news, as did prisoners of war in France, who made long bacon at their captors.|
|PCGS (Collectors Universe mag.) [Internet] How many collectors with some experience in the hobby have encountered coins that [...] are down right counterfeits, only to have the guy selling them make long bacon at you when you try to explain to him there is a serious problem with his wares.|
1. (Irish) to guarantee.
|Ulysses 169: – He doesn’t buy cream on the ads he picks up. You can make bacon on that.|
2. (US) to have sexual intercourse [the first recorded ‘citation’ (HDAS) in 1973 is of a T-shirt picturing copulating pigs, captioned ‘Making Bacon’, but note pork v. (2); pork sword under pork n. etc].
|oral testimony in HDAS I.|
|Simpsons [Fox-TV] She liked makin’ bacon on the beach [HDAS].|
to thumb one’s nose.
|Household Words 2 Oct. 453: [This] peculiar action has, I believe, almost invariably been described as taking a sight. A solicitor, however, in a recent police case at Manchester, described it as pulling bacon [F&H].|
|Twenty-Five Years of Detective Life I 369: Showing me bacon, they placed themselves in all kinds of ignoble attitudes.|
|My Feet upon a Rock 197: ‘He did it as you might put your fingers to your nose and pull bacon.’ ‘Pull bacon?’ said the magistrate. ‘Oh, I see. What a revolting expression!’.|
|Field Guide to Gestures 132: Some of its most common English monikers are cock a snook [...] make a long nose, take a sight, Queen Anne's fan, Japanese fan, Spanish fan, pull bacon, coffee-mill, and the five-fingered salute.|
to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 172: Larder. To copulate; ‘to rub bacons’.|
to escape safely from a place or situation; thus anton. lose one’s bacon, to fail to escape safely.
|Momus Elenticus 5: Some fellowes there [...] To save their bacon penn’d many a smooth song .|
|Rabelais V iv: Your gaol-birds, who [...] warily scour off and come here to save their bacon.(trans.)|
|Hell Upon Earth 10: Such as can read [...] are forc’d (upon the account of clearing the land of Villains) to save their Bacon by Lifting too.|
|Hudibras Redivivus I:2 21: Before, a Man may be mistaken, / And ’stead of saving, lose his Bacon.|
|in Letters I (1891) 86: ‘O, ho!’ says Nol Bluff, ‘I have saved my own bacon.’.ballad|
|Poems (1752) 238: Let the poor Herd of German Princes / Their Bacon save.‘The Careless Good-Fellow’|
|in Songs and Ballads of the Amer. Revolution (1855) 276: We found ourselves mistaken, / And were glad to save our bacon.|
|Hereford Jrnl 16 Aug. 4/2: I must here meet my grave. / For my bacon I fancy I never shall save.|
|Gradus ad Cantabrigiam 97: I fear, full many of you must confess, / That ye have barely sav’d your bacon.Ode to the unambitious & undistinguished Bachelors’|
|Southern Reporter (Cork) 14 Apr. 4/1: We [...] contriv’d to save our bacon.|
|‘Lag’s Lament’ (trans. of an untitled cant poem) inMemoirs (1829) IV 265: ‘Stop thief’ vas the cry, and she vas taken, / I cuts and runs and saves my bacon.|
|Heart of London II i: Hasn’t been able to save his bacon for all that.|
|Glance at N.Y. I iv: Ha! ha! ha! we escaped just in time to save our bacon!|
|‘The New Policemen Of Dublin’ Dublin Comic Songster 51: For nought on earth will save your bacon.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Jan. 2/4: The pig het my greens and now I’ve cooked his tater and you’ll be hoff too Murphy if you want to save your bacon.|
|Frank Fairlegh (1878) 130: Well, I thought it was to be a regular case of Herod, and that there would be at least half-a-dozen of them spifflicated, but they all managed to save their bacon.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 9 June 3/3: Jack, to ‘save his bacon,’ dropped the pork .|
|Londres et les Anglais 312/2: bacon, [...] D’un voleur qui a évité les poursuites, on dit : He has saved his bacon (il a sauvé son lard), pour dire : il s’est sauvé.|
|Americanisms 630: Save one’s bacon, to, a slang phrase very frequently heard in spite of its objectionable character — for bacon does not mean smoked meat in this case — suggests a lucky escape from danger.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Mar. 9/3: We’re afraid that your offer your bacon won’t save, / It is really, dear David, too thin!|
|Mrs Rasher’s Curtain Lectures 94: I tried hard, but I couldn’t ‘save my bacon’.|
|Further Adventures of Captain Kettle 287: By Jove! Skipper, we’ve saved our bacon.|
|Black Mask (1992) 142: You’ve saved your bacon.|
|Eng. As We Speak It In Ireland.|
|Hibiscus Heart 234: If he saves his bacon he won’t care whether he’s cooped up or not.|
|All These Condemned (2001) 140: I might have been able to wriggle things around so as to save my own bacon.|
to rescue someone from difficulties; to rescue a situation from disaster.
|Works (1720) I 150: E’en get your Friends, the Jews, to save your bacon.in|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 37: I was going to say the same to you, would never save his Bacon again.|
|Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 127: That, says Jack, is a common Thread-bare Excuse, and will not save your Bacon.|
|Choice Spirits Museum 76: And the Pit sav’d the Old Lion’s Bacon.|
|Spiritual Quixote II Bk viii 243: ‘What the Devil do you mean by saving my bacon,’ says Tugwell.|
|Works (1794) I 253: I’ve cook’d up a Petition: This carries weight with it, or I’m mistaken, Shall shake the Monarch’s soul, and save our bacon.‘The Lousiad’|
|Works (1794) II 285: They plumply damn’d him for a liar, And said such stories should not save his beef.‘Subjects for Painters’|
|Abroad and At Home II iv: ’Tis heaven’s mercy I was a likely lad. My beauty has sav’d my bacon.|
|Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 54/2: The rascal, if I’m not mistaken, / Will ask his legs to save his bacon.|
|‘The Good Old Days of Adam & Eve’ inII (1979) 218: Get in rows and have long parleys, / And to save their bacon floor the Charleys.|
|Tom Cringle’s Log (1862) 105: You know I saved your bacon in that awkward affair.|
|Southern Literary Messenger Apr. 56 2: His client, who seems to be pretty well up to the business of saving other people’s bacon.|
|Wild Boys of London I 331/2: You’ve saved my bacon and I’m your chum.|
|Knocknagow 94: Bob never writes letters; and perhaps, as he would say himself, that saves his bacon.|
|Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon 101: He soon decided that if taken by our hands we’d save his bacon.|
|Marvel XIV:344 June 12: Just saved their bacon by the skin of their teeth!|
|Boy’s Own Paper XL:3 148: Yoo’ sho’ saved my bacon that time, kid. Why, that thar Slashah dawg – he’d of et me alive.|
|Bully Hayes 199: What’s all this about Godeffroy’s traders being chased outer the Line Islands an’ Bully Hayes savin’ their bacon?|
|Whizzbang Comics 29: ‘You’ve saved my bacon, boys!’ he cried.|
|Jimmy Brockett 81: I was down ten quid until the last race, when Firefly came home and saved the bacon, and I went home twelve notes up.|
|Bug Jack Barron 29: You finally spat it out, saved the bacon.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 17: He remembered that I owed him one for the time he saved my bacon.|
|Fixx 144: She saved your bacon, God knows why.|
|Touch and Go 5: Johnny had saved my bacon a good few times on the HQ campus after piss-up balls-ups.|
|Dreamcatcher 252: You saved our bacon, boss. Thanks.|
|Financial Times Weekend Mag. 10–11 Jan. 44/1: All the touring bikes share a new, stiffer frame, and all have anti-lock braking – which saved my bacon when I saw, very late, a speed bump.|
|Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] slakin’ the bacon.|
see bring home the bacon
(US) the labia majora.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: vertical bacon sandwich n. That which is clearly visible in hamburger shots (qv). Also vertical smile, vertical taco.|
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] vertical bacon sandwich labia. Used to describe a particularly hanging vagina.|
|Maureen’s Lusty Confessions [Internet] Won’t you munch of my vertical bacon sandwich... part my beef curtains and have your way with me like a frenzied riding of my hobby horse.|