What is the Meaning of
for English Language Learners (ELL) – those learning to speak English as a Second Language (ESL), or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
to eat a lot of food
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 doesn’t mean you were messy or noisy.
1. My grandmother made cinnamon buns Saturday morning and I pigged out. I ate three!
2. I feel so gross this morning. Last night my friend and I pigged out on junk food*.
3. We are having our family’s favourite food for dinner this evening and I know my little brother is going to pig out!
*junk food = snacks high in sugar or salt, such as potato chips, pop, candy, chocolate, popcorn
Important Cultural Tips
In western cultures (such as Canada), the following table manners are important when you are eating with other people, even if you are pigging out together!
– 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.
In general, in western culture, you should eat as quietly as possible.