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Bacon

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Ba'con. n.s. [probably from baken, that is, dried flesh.]

  1. The flesh of a hog salted and dried.

    High o'er the hearth a chine of bacon hung,
    Good old Philemon seiz'd it with a prong,
    Then cut a slice.
    Dryden's Fables.

  2. To save the bacon, is a phrase for preserving one's self from being unhurt; borrowed from the care of housewives in the country, where they have seldom any other provision in the house than dried bacon, to secure it from the marching soldiers.

    What frightens you thus? my good son! says the priest;
    You murder'd, are sorry, and have been confest.
    O father! my sorrow will scarce save my bacon;
    For 'twas not that I murder'd, but that I was taken.
    Prior.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Bacon." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 25, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2603.


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