Pigs always give others’ an impression that they are lazy and fat. In Cantonese, we tease people by saying: you are as fat as a pig or if you continue eat, you will fat like a pig! Therefore, pigs are associated with fat, chubby etc, but actually there are many English idioms that related to pigs!
Let’s learn about what idioms are related to pigs!
1. Be as happy as a pig in mud
Pigs like playing in mud a lot because it helps them dissipate heat. Therefore, this idiom can mean super happy.
eg. Hearing that her friend is getting married, Wendy is as happy as a pig in mud.
2. Buy a pig in a poke
To buy something without inspecting it thoroughly, often with negative consequences
eg. You should really quit the bad habit of buying a pig in a poke.
3. Drive (one’s) pigs to market
eg. I can’t get any sleep with Will driving his pigs to market every night.
4. Piggy bank
Coin containers usually used by children
eg. I can’t believe you smashed your piggy bank just to buy your girlfriend’s gift.
5. Pigs might fly
There is no chance at all of something happening
eg. If I have finished it by tomorrow, pigs might fly!
6. Pig out
Eating a large amount of food
eg. I pigged out on all the delicious cakes and pastries.
7. Make a pig of yourself
Eat sloppily and too much food
eg. They made complete pigs of themselves at the dinner.
8. Sweat like a pig
eg. We were all sweating like a pig after the race.
Wow! There are many idioms about pigs! Remember pigs do not only related to fat!