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bring home the bacon

1. To earn money, as from steady employment. The phrase may originate from the fairground contest in which participants try to catch a greased pig in order to win it. Now that I have a full-time job, I'm bringing home the bacon! My wife brings home the bacon, while I watch the kids.
2. To be successful. After so many losing seasons, we definitely need a new quarterback—someone who can really bring home the bacon.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring home the bacon

Fig. to earn a salary; to bring home money earned at a job. I've got to get to work if I'm going to bring home the bacon. Go out and get a job so you can bring home the bacon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring home the bacon

1. Earn a living, provide the necessities of life, as in Now that she had a job, Patricia could bring home the bacon.
2. Be successful, accomplish something of value, as in George went to Washington and brought home the bacon-he got the funding we needed. Although the earliest citation for this phrase in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1924, the term is widely believed to come from the much older game of catching a greased pig, a popular competition at country fairs in which the winner was awarded the pig.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bring home the bacon

1. The person in a family who brings home the bacon is the person who goes out to work and earns money for the family. Sadly, we can't both stay at home and look after the kids — someone needs to bring home the bacon. In the past, husbands needed someone to cook and keep house and wives needed someone to bring home the bacon.
2. In sport, if someone brings home the bacon, they win or do very well. Reid and Duffield showed that they and other jockeys like them are capable of bringing home the bacon in style. The team is still top of the Premiership league, in prime position to bring home the bacon. Note: In the past, large pieces of bacon or even whole pigs were sometimes given as prizes in competitions.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

bring home the bacon

1 supply material provision or support. 2 achieve success. informal
This phrase probably derives from the much earlier save your bacon , recorded from the mid 17th century. In early use bacon also referred to fresh pork, the meat most readily available to rural people.
2 1997 Spectator Mr Montgomery was able to sack Mr Hargreaves , who had evidently not brought home the bacon.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bring home the ˈbacon

(informal) be successful in something; be the person who earns money for a family, an organization, etc: The firm wants very much to get this contract, and we’re expecting you to bring home the bacon.He’s the one who brings home the bacon, not his wife.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bring home the bacon

1. To earn a living, especially for a family.
2. To achieve desired results; have success.
See also: bacon, bring, home
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bring home the bacon, to

To succeed, to come back with something of value. The term most likely comes from the sport of catching a greased pig, popular at county fairs, where the winner was awarded the pig. However, Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer believed it might come from a much older practice, instituted as far back as the early twelfth century and revived by Robert Fitzwalter in 1244. This baron willed that a side of bacon be given to any married person who would travel to Dunmow, kneel on two sharp stones at the church door, and swear that for at least a year and a day there had been no fighting in his marriage and no wish to be unmarried.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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