saving one’s bacon

People have been saving each other’s bacon since 1691 – saving them from grave peril. Opinion is divided as to whether this means saving their flesh, comparing human flesh to pig flesh, or whether it literally meant saving someone’s bacon from damage or harm. I know several people who would be most grateful indeed, were their bacon in grave peril, if a friend saved it and put in in the fridge, or similar bacon-saving device.

Another possibility is that bacon and back derive from the same root word, and that the original could have been “saving someone’s back”, similar to the modern “I’ve got your back”.

Either way, we’ve decided that bacon is a good cure for the Monday blues, and a perfect way to kick off a week of pig related idioms.

save the bacon

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