\ˈpȯrk \

Definition of pork 

1 : the fresh or salted flesh of swine when dressed for food

2 : government funds, jobs, or favors distributed by politicians to gain political advantage

Examples of pork in a Sentence

We need to cut the pork out of the federal budget.

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When pork prices collapsed amid a global trade war during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration in 1933 had an idea—slaughter six million piglets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Dust Bowl Economics," 11 July 2018 Reports have have been trickling in for weeks in about the deleterious effect the president’s economic aggression is having on American businesses, from pork producers to fuel cell manufacturers. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Harley-Davidson Announces It Will Move Some Operations to Europe Amid Trade War," 25 June 2018 The recipes are all vegetarian, to avoid any cultural conflict with meat or pork, and for reasons of food safety. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 China had already responded with tariffs of its own, on soybeans, pork, automobiles and other products and signaled that its next wave of tariffs could include American oil exports. New York Times, "A Soybean Surge Makes Trump’s Trade War Look Deceptively Good," 11 July 2018 Smoked barbecue pork, beef brisket sandwiches and Cajun and smokehouse hamburgers are particular favorites. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank," 9 July 2018 The American trade war against China ramps up, with China imposing tariffs on US pork, soybeans, and yes, autos. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Lofty Goals, Raw Ambition," 7 July 2018 Here in Beijing, in response to the U.S. tariffs, border officers here could receive the order as early as midnight to slap new taxes on hundreds of U.S. products, including pork, poultry, soybeans and corn. Danielle Paquette, Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, "Trade war set to escalate as Fed warns of economic hit," 6 July 2018 China’s tariff targets include pork, wheat, rice and dairy products. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "Here's What Will Happen When China and U.S. Tariffs Take Effect Friday," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of pork

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pork

Middle English, from Anglo-French porc pig, from Latin porcus — more at farrow

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Phrases Related to pork

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English Language Learners Definition of pork

: the meat of a pig that is used for food

: government money that is spent on projects done to help the political careers of elected officials


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Kids Definition of pork

: the meat of a pig used for food

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