Main definitions of bring home the bacon in English

: bring home the bacon1bring home the bacon2

bring home the bacon1

phrase

informal
  • 1Supply 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.’
  • 2Achieve 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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Main definitions of bring home the bacon in English

: bring home the bacon1bring home the bacon2

bring home the bacon2

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