\ ˈhōl-ˈhȯg How to pronounce whole-hog (audio) \

Definition of whole-hog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: committed without reservation : thoroughgoing a whole-hog patriot

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Definition of whole hog (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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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

Examples of whole-hog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boston University’s Questrom School of Business has gone the whole hog and now offers its full MBA online for just $24,000. The Economist, "The future of management education," 2 Nov. 2019 So is the climax, which goes whole hog with wishful dramatic thinking. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ review: With Tarantino prospecting, there’s tarnished gold (and the Manson family) lurking in Hollywood hills," 19 July 2019 The twins took their massive settlement and went whole hog for bitcoin. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lacking choices, fund investors buying into bitcoin mania," 1 Sep. 2017

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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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“Whole-hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole-hog. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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