One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(Chiefly British) a narrow gap in a wall or fence designed to allow young sheep to pass from one pasture to another.
2(Chiefly North American) a gap in a wall or fence made for or by a pig.
3Figurative and in extended use.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Bunyan (d. 1688), author.
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