Definition of bacon in English:



mass noun
  • Cured meat from the back or sides of a pig.

    ‘crisp rashers of bacon’
    as modifier ‘a bacon sandwich’
    • ‘After putting two strips of bacon and two eggs on a plate, I sat down at the table alone.’
    • ‘Her father was already at the table, reading a newspaper and eating French toast and bacon.’
    • ‘A steward came round with a trolley of eggs, bacon and sausages to ask each cadet how many he wished to eat.’
    • ‘It's poached skate with fennel or lamb kidney sausage on bacon and onion bread.’
    • ‘I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.’
    • ‘My choice was scrambled egg, with bacon and chips, plus two slices of buttered toast.’
    • ‘The smell of bacon and eggs infiltrates my nose, making my mouth water with hunger.’
    • ‘It was a hard call but escalope of pork with bacon, chick peas and celery in a tomato sauce won my vote.’
    • ‘Or you could just sear them in a hot pan, as I did, to serve with spring greens and bacon.’
    • ‘After showering and dressing in fleece and shirt we were ready for bacon and eggs.’
    • ‘After an eye test and picking up some home cured bacon and fresh baked bread, it was off to the river.’
    • ‘A lovely baguette with sausages and bacon in true Dublin style was handed to everyone.’
    • ‘We would much rather our players had beans on toast than bacon and sausage and that sort of thing.’
    • ‘They had metal catering trays of bacon and sausages, and they assembled the roll right in front of my eyes.’
    • ‘The dish is also nice if you place strips of bacon over the top towards the end of the cooking time.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and spoon the mushrooms, bacon and shallot into a small bowl.’
    • ‘Cooper sighed and carried two plates of bacon, eggs and sausage on toast to the table.’
    • ‘In Ireland, badgers have been eaten and cured in much the same way as we now cure bacon.’
    • ‘Butter the baguette and spoon on the lobster with a few tomatoes and rocket leaves, and top with bacon.’
    • ‘You get two eggs instead of one, and the calentao is replaced by a rasher of crisp bacon.’


  • bring home the bacon

    • 1informal Supply material support.

      ‘I have to go to work because it brings home the bacon’
      • ‘She is an anachronistic caricature - from a time when mothers stayed home baking while fathers brought home the bacon - who seems out of place in this day and age.’
      • ‘Men were providers, hunter gatherer types, strong personalities, fixing stuff, bringing home the bacon and sometimes the whole pig too.’
      • ‘It is his steady investment in companies that are building the next generation Internet infrastructure technology that has been bringing home the bacon and a lot more.’
      • ‘A former pig farmer proved that there is more than one way of bringing home the bacon when he changed his career to the graphics industry.’
      • ‘Anyway his wife doesn't have a job, nevermind a career… of course this guy is worried, he has to bring home the bacon after all.’
      • ‘But it isn't the only recent movie to measure its maker's personal losses against the lasting achievements of his dad - the one who brought home the bacon and the pain.’
      • ‘A mother or father who is already suffering an agonising death from cancer, worrying themselves sick about what will happen to their family, when there is no one left to bring home the bacon.’
      • ‘That translated into high productivity growth, which has brought home the bacon, basically, for the Australian economy.’
      • ‘Mommy still needs to be gainfully employed so that she can bring home the bacon.’
      • ‘If a couple wants to live along entirely traditional lines, that's fine with me, just as it is if the man stays home while his spouse brings home the bacon.’
    • 2informal Achieve success.

      ‘you don't have to be in a high-tech industry to bring home the bacon’
      • ‘Millions of football fans are hoping England will bring home the bacon in their second-round World Cup match against Denmark today.’
      • ‘The former actor-turned-writer has certainly brought home the bacon in his play!’
      • ‘In this respect your escape has been a public relations victory, you've brought home the bacon, your critics have taken a roasting - and you've made a lot of headline writers happy.’
      • ‘He brings home the bacon in his outrageously over-the-top performance, an electric storm that puts the shock into rock'n'roll.’
      • ‘He definitely brought home the bacon as the final act, leaving the audience rolling.’
      • ‘Second was held by Josh and Jake brought home the bacon with a first-place win.’
      • ‘After all, this was supposed to be England's best chance in 40 years of bringing home the bacon.’
      • ‘Sven's heroes can look forward to a potential tie against the boys from Brazil after bringing home the bacon against Denmark today.’
      • ‘But, in an election year, when there's so much pressure to bring home the bacon, you see it a lot more often, Lou.’
      • ‘A local porker brought home the bacon when she trotted off with a national title at an agricultural show.’
      succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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  • save someone's bacon

    • Rescue someone from danger or difficulty.

      ‘only hard braking and a quick turn on to the hard shoulder saved our bacon’
      • ‘Bishop's response is exactly what Johnston wants: he hopes information technology will save the company's bacon.’
      • ‘For once, a movie actually saves the novelist's bacon.’
      • ‘Members opposite will say absolutely anything to save their political bacon.’
      • ‘"Having those irrigated fields in Maine has really saved our bacon over the past few years, as we've had to deal with repeated droughts."’
      • ‘By Wednesday, the player, or at least his advisers, were having a go at presenting him as the man who had intervened to save the nation's bacon.’
      • ‘Huddersfield's was the last game to finish - but they could not find the equaliser that would have saved their bacon at Palace's expense.’
      • ‘The gallant understudy, who saved the company's bacon by taking over the role of Goneril, has been denied the reviews that might have done her career the world of good.’
      • ‘Both teams had chances to win the game but crucial defensive work by John Lee and Keith Kilkenny saved Galway's bacon.’
      • ‘His father, a former partisan commander, saved his bacon.’
      • ‘Nobody likes backing up, but one day, it'll save your bacon.’


Middle English: from Old French, from a Germanic word meaning ‘ham, flitch’; related to back.