1. to live (with); often in phrs. below.
|Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 189: When I pig’d with mine own Dad.|
|Midas II i: Oh how happy I should be Would little Nysa pig with me.|
|‘Mistress Stitch in Clover’ in Nightly Sports of Venus 30: Robin was forc’d to make a third, And pig with Bodkin and his Dame.|
|Real Life in Ireland 193: Blake proposed calling in Swan, the exciseman, who pigg’d in the next room.|
|Comic Songster and Gentleman’s Private Cabinet 34: [title] A Blowen in a Alley Pigg’d.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Nov. 14/1: A man came up from South, and, pigging with gins, begat half-caste youngsters.|
2. to live in a slovenly manner or under poor conditions; thus pig it
|Great News from Hell 15: I knew you in Ireland, when you was glad to pig with a Carr-boy for a Cut of Bread and a Drink of Beer.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 386: And many a merry night when tipsy, / We pigg’d in straw with each a gypsy.|
|‘Llandisilio Hotel’ in Hilaria 128: A parson, his wife, son, and Jew / [...] / A poet pedestrian too, / Pig’d in a mud hut all together.|
|Spirit of Irish Wit 181: ‘What, another child!’ said the farmer, almost frantic [...] [3rd child born] ‘d—n it, Nanny, is your mistress pigging?’.|
|Mammon in London 1 314: You’ll see wives and their sisters pigging together with the same man [...] and lightning each other to the same bed.|
|Peeping Tom (London) 38 151/2: ‘Why don’t we all pig here to night?’.|
|Sportsman 7 Mar. 2/1: Notes on News [...] England is plethoric with wealth, yet we see men and women almost forced to pig together thus .|
|London Life 26 July 6/2: [I]n these places [i.e. Seven Dials], human beings pig together and breed a race to infest our streets.|
|How the Poor Live 59: A certain vigorous letter [...] which appeared in the Daily Telegraph some years ago about servants ‘pigging with their relations at home,’ and wanting the best bedroom and a feather-bed with damask furniture when in service.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 16 June 4/7: In a tenement building in the squalid Whitechapel slums, five families were found pigging in one apartment.|
|Ballads of a Cheechako 93: I ‘pig’ around the place – / There’s nobody to care.‘Telegraph Operator’|
3. to eat, esp. in a greedy fashion, to overeat.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 Nov. 40/1: The loaf has unmistakably been rent in twain, the saucers have had a generous overflow, the cloth a liberal baptism, and everywhere is evidence that the breakfasters have ’pigged‘ in haste.|
|Living Black 242: They were big, fat, heavy gutted people in there: shouting, bullying, pigging.|
|Skeletons 96: I pigged everything.|
|Way Past Cool 25: Like the Beaver might have looked at sixteen if he’d been black and pigging for years on junk food.|
|Campus Sl. Spring.|
4. to provide with food.
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 68: Yer want someone ter get you something ’ot when yer come in. Your daughter, she wouldn’t mind, I’m shore; y’ave enough o’ pigging for yourself when you’re away.|
to eat hurriedly and greedily.
|Fixx 261: The meal you’re pigging down this very minute.|
|Get Your Cock Out 32: The crowded room of freeloaders pigging down on the caviar and champagne.|
1. to share a home, to live (with); usu. as pig in with.
|Writings (1704) 16: Why, what dost take me for a hog, / A Pedlar, drover, or a carman, / To here Pig in among such Vermin?‘Poet’s Ramble after Riches’|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 438: The Thracians pig in by themselves.|
|Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt I Vol. IV Bk I 272: I think Duncan and you [...] may pig in together in that large bed.|
|‘International Boat Race’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 146: To get lodging, oh, such a bother, / They all pig in with one another.|
|Dundee Courier 18 Aug. 7/4: That was our bed, six of us, having to ‘pig’ down into it.|
|No. 5 John Street 111: Nearly ninety thousand live three in a box; nay, they are still in thousands as they pig in seven to the four square walls.|
|Gem 17 Oct. 4: Third Form kids can’t pig in with [...] seigniors of the Fourth Form.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Dec. 15/1: The beach-combing combo pigs-in with Malays, Javanese and Chows, and is a person to be avoided or destroyed.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 27: There was a lot to be said for living with men [...] all pigging in together.|
2. to gorge oneself; often as exhortation pig in!
|Magnet 22 Feb. 9: Better than pigging in here.|
|Thanksgiving 94: I went up to the galley and scored a couple of teaspoons, and we proceeded to pig in.|
1. to live in squalor, albeit unworried by that squalor.
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 23: I’m not like that lazy humbug, Higgins, who sits loitering and pigging it away in the galley.|
|Tents of Shem II 58: Impossible! You’d have to pig it with the goats and the cattle.|
|N.Z. Truth 26 Jan. 6/4: The Fijians and Cook Islanders have been pigged out on the Exhibition grounds.|
|Adventures of Mrs May 170: You ain’t never knowed a char-lady like me. And [...] you’ve evident been used to pigging it.|
|Brothers Sackville 194: This is my sister. [...] We pig it here together somehow.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 115: Parlour? Anybody think we was pigging it in Streatham, or something.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 229: As for pigging it in that rural slum again, I’m not going to do it.|
|Little Men, Big World 146: He and Lola had been pigging it downstairs before: this was the life!|
|Family Arsenal 162: Don’t mind me – I usually pig it around the house.|
2. to renege.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 296: Even the copper began to pig it (weaken), probably thinking he might as well get a share of my ‘dough’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 675: Never let it be said that a Conway ever pigs it on a betting proposition.‘A Piece of Pie’ in|
3. to prosper.
|Hell on Hoe Street 167: They reckoned his family was pigging it.|
1. to die.
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 155: To die [...] pigging out.|
|Kalgoorlie Wester Argus (WA) 31 Oct. 14: When men died in California they ‘pigged out’ just as they do in Australia to the present day.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 536: The old Governor has bum legs and is half out of wind and is apt to pig it any time.‘It Comes Up Mud’ in|
2. (also pig up) to overeat massively; ext. as pig out on (a food or drink).
|‘Peas, Beans And Cabbages’ in Knowing Chaunter 6: My wife, my maid, and I, / All the whole of one day / We went p---g away, / Upon peas, beans, and cabbages!|
|Ruggles of Red Gap (1917) 351: Rather pigged it a bit, I fancy.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: pigging up . . . eating sweetmeats hungrily.|
|Newsweek 30 May 53: Kim admits to being a ‘sweetaholic’ who dieted resolutely before winning the beauty pageant in Charleston, S.C., then ‘pigged out’ on pecan pie.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 260: Fix up a nice big plate of sargassum. We’ll pig out.|
|Teenage Wasteland 118: Traditional American girlcult activities: shopping, pigging out.|
|White Shoes 82: Les [was] happy just to pig out while the two lovers got revved up on Moët.|
|Guardian G2 14 Jan. 20: Like pigging out on a pack of chocolate digestives.|
|My War (2006) 22: My friends pigged out on those pot brownies.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘You don’t go bowling. That’s just a cover to pig out, get drunk and fuck cheap whores’.|
3. (also pig up) to overindulge in anything.
|Darling Buds of May (1985) 97: He and his wife somehow pigged it out in a keeper’s cottage instead.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 97: My pussy has hooked his nose tougher than the crystal blow he pigs up.|
|Dreamcatcher 429: With you driving my body and pigging out on my emotions.|
|Great Falls Trib. (MT) 11 Oct. 51/4: Last week the Bobcats and their fans were pigging out on points.|
4. to treat someone to a (large) meal.
|Way Past Cool 70: Told him to meet us tonight at the Burger king. Always help to pig em out first, specially the hungry ones.|
to live together, often spec. to sleep together.
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 623: pan.: How do you pig together? fri.: Bare.(trans.)|
|Provoked Wife IV vi: Now, you being as dirty and as nasty as myself, we may go pig together.|
|Gentleman Instructed Pt III 537: When Reason sleeps Extravagance breaks loose; Quality and Peasantry pig together.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Billy Taylor I iv: All you young sailor-boys must pig together.|
|‘Jack Junk’ in Flash Minstrel! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) I 113: They had a shelter from the weather / [...] / And in one bed they pig’d together.|
|Poetical Works (1906) 602/1: The fourteen Murphys all pigg’d together.‘Tale of a Trumpet’|
|Works IV (1866) 258: But he hardly thinks that the sufferings of a dozen felons pigging together on bare bricks in a hole fifteen feet square would form a subject suited to the dignity of history.Essay on Sir William Temple in|
|My Diary in America I 353: A ‘camp’ of travellers who pig in one room together, twenty strong.|
|In Strange Company 30: They would sooner ‘pig’ together on the boards than lie in separate beds.|
|Workingman’s Paradise 6: One of her fits of indignation against pigging together.|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 58: Pig-together, sleep together.|
|Marsh 349: Me and the boys pig together very nicely.|