What is the Meaning of the Idiom
EAT LIKE A PIG?
to eat a lot of food in a messy and, probably noisy and disgusting, manner
The idiom EAT LIKE A PIG is similar to the phrasal verb PIG OUT, but to eat like a pig suggests to eat in a messy and noisy way.
Pig out means to eat a lot of food. It might mean eating, for example a lot of potato chips, or eating too much of your favourite food. It doesn’t mean you were messy or noisy.
1. My mom thinks I should consider going out with her friend’s son, but he’s disgusting! He was at our house with his family for my mom’s birthday, and he eats like a pig. There is no way I would ever go out with him.
Important Cultural Tips
In western cultures (such as Canada), the following table manners are important:
- chew with your mouth closed (do not let others see the chewed food in your mouth);
- chew and drink quietly;
- do not talk with food in your mouth;
- do not drink from a soup bowl; and
- absolutely no burping.
In general, in western culture, you should eat as quietly as possible.