live high on the hog(redirected from lives high on the hog)
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live high on the hog
To prosper or otherwise live very well. It refers to the rich being able to afford the choicest cut of meat, which, from a pig, is higher up on the animal. They've been living high on the hog ever since David won the lottery. It must be a shock for them having to count their pennies like this—they're used to living high on the hog, after all.
live high on the hogalso live high off the hog
to live in great comfort with a lot of money Gardner, who made only $8,000 last year, has definitely not been living high on the hog.Related vocabulary: live it up
Etymology: based on the idea that better quality meat is found on the upper parts of a hog (pig)