\ˈhōl-ˈhȯg \

Definition of whole-hog 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: committed without reservation : thoroughgoing a whole-hog patriot

whole hog


Definition of whole hog (Entry 2 of 3)

: the whole way or farthest limit usually used adverbially in the phrase go the whole hog

whole hog


Definition of whole hog (Entry 3 of 3)

: to the fullest extent : without reservation : completely accepting whole hog the standards … of the majority— R. B. Kaplan

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The new faces are: Highlights of chef Chris Shepard's Southern Smoke 2017 Lexus Super VIP Culinary Tour, with special guests (brisket guy) Aaron Franklin and (whole hog guy) Rodney Scott. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Southern Smoke set for Sept. 30," 30 May 2018 Davis is also taking reservations for butcher pigs, by the half or whole hog. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Early spring greens and herbs – plus tomatoes, cukes and colorful chard – await you at local markets," 5 June 2018 From a family-run operation out of a gas station in Vista to an upscale shopping center in La Jolla, a strip mall in Lemon Grove and a hipster hay bale hangout in North Park, San Diego is going whole hog for barbecue. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's best BBQ: Here's where to make a pit stop," 13 May 2018 Why not go the whole hog and use the output of the transistors to drive what is known as an AC induction motor? The Economist, "Do electric cars dream of software fixes?," 22 Apr. 2018 Enjoy an up-close demo on breaking down a whole hog, accompanied by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Courier-Journal, "50+ fun things for week of July 27-Aug. 2," 26 July 2017 At Hogs for the Cause, 85 teams vied to smoke the best butt, ribs and whole hogs. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Hogs for the Cause barbecue cook-off announces winners," 24 Mar. 2018 The logo is a stand-in for restaurant owner and pitmaster Carey Bringle, a Nashville native who grew up around Western Tennessee’s rich barbecue culture and fondly recalls his grandfather cooking whole hogs for family gatherings. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Nashville's destination dry ribs," 22 Feb. 2018 As have other marques, such as Mercedes’ AMG, BMW’s M, and Cadillac’s V, Hyundai will be adding a middle trim that capitalizes on the N brand without going whole hog on modifications. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "The Future of Hyundai’s High-Performance N Brand Includes N Sport Models, Accessories, and Racing," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of whole-hog


1829, in the meaning defined above


1825, in the meaning defined above


1840, in the meaning defined above

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