\ 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: Adverb Pacelli, whose thick beard and wardrobe of plaid shirts give him the look of a lumberjack, and his staff carve up a 700-plus-pound steer and three whole hogs a week. Washington Post, "This little butcher shop in rural West Virginia is turning out world-class burgers," 5 Nov. 2019 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 Sam Jones, pitmaster/owner of Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, NC, made his second appearance at Southern Smoke, serving up chopped whole hog sandwiches made from pigs coming off a giant cinder-block pit built just for the festival. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Southern Smokes takes in record $573,000," 7 Oct. 2019 From poor management to trying to establish whole hog barbecue in a city that doesn’t have a strong barbecue culture, Currence experienced the taste of failure in many different forms. Fortune, "Why the Most Successful Chefs and Restaurateurs Are Thankful for Their Failures," 14 Sep. 2019 The Oakland outpost has a permanent space dedicated to whole hog cooking, which San Francisco does not. SFChronicle.com, "At long last, 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens Oakland restaurant," 28 June 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 casual barbecue joint specializes in James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott’s signature whole hog barbecue. al.com, "What’s new in Avondale?," 13 June 2019 And yes, there are plenty of options, from vegan dishes to whole hog barbecue. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019

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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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