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15 / 01 / 2007
Animal Idioms

ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS: PIG: meaning and examples

Good morning.

In English there are hundreds of expressions and idioms related to animals. This week we will go over some examples. By incorporating these expressions into your vocabulary, you can make your English more colourful and interesting.

Since 2007 is the year of the pig, according to the Chinese calendar, we'll start there.

Today's 1st expression is: a pig of a SOMETHING

It means: a difficult or unpleasant thing or task.

Example 1:
I've had a pig of a day today; too much work and not enough time!

Today's 2nd expression is: to make a pig's ear of something (spoken)

It means: to do something very badly.

Example 2:
You've made a pig's ear of the dinner! Why did you have to talk about Alex's ex-wife? Did you see how angry he became?

Today's 3rd expression is: to make a pig of yourself (informal)

It means: to eat too much food at one time.

Example 3:
You made a pig of yourself during lunch! I've never seen you eat so much.

Of course, we also use pig to insult someone who behaves in an unpleasant way, but you probably already knew that.

Example 4:  
Some politicians are pigs, and only care about money and power.

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Have a great day!