high off the hog

high off the hog

Ostentatiously. The phrase 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 off 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 eating high off the hog, after all.
See also: high, hog, off
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It is fine for the strike action committee, they live high off the hog on union members' subscriptions but there is never anything in the pot to help the workers, even though they paid union fees for lots of years.
So I was pretty confident, given today's world, that I would be living high off the hog at Wendy's in a few years, as I don't think it will take the entire ten years to collect the bet.
When the man pointed out that Duffy's salary was "three times what I make," Duffy responded, "If you think I'm living high off the hog, I've got one paycheck ...
But for many Germans this is a morality tale in which feckless Greeks and Spaniards lived high off the hog on borrowed German money.
That's some neighborhood, but the Red Sox have been living high off the hog with nothing to show for it since 2008.
The latest revelations about government expenses have really made me angry, to think that while my mother lay dying they were all living "high off the hog", many of them Labour members who she supported.
Dictatorial, unelected leaders blanket the nation with spy cameras and use terrorism as a means of stripping us of even more liberties, whilst they live high off the hog in their palatial homes, uttering pointless soundbites.
Del Boy Conway is to be congratulated for reminding us what the Tory Party is all about: running the show, living high off the hog and all at our expense.
I call that a major miracle, and I expect the family will be living high off the hog for the next year.
He learns quickly, however, that his partner (Michael Lerner) is more interested in living high off the hog than getting any real work done.
On the day the Palace announced she had apparently suffered another stroke, Prince Andrew was cavorting on a luxury yacht surrounded by beautiful people living high off the hog at somebody else's expense.