live high off the hog

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live high off 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 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 living high off the hog, after all.
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live high off the hog

 and live high on the hog; eat high on the hog
Rur. to live well and eat good food. (Note the variation with pretty.) After they discovered oil on their land, they lived pretty high on the hog. Looks like we're living high off the hog tonight. What's the occasion?
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