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pigskin

[pig-skin] /ˈpɪgˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a pig.
2.
leather made from it.
3.
Informal. a saddle.
4.
Informal. a football.
Origin of pigskin
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; pig1 + skin
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  • Time after time he took the pigskin and landed it for a gain.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Roberts was out of position and the pigskin was intercepted by the Claflin quarter.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • With the pigskin on Claflin's thirteen-yard line a score seemed certain.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Not even a pigskin document case or an overcoat with bulgy pockets.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • The old record-book, bound in pigskin, reposed on the rector's shelves.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The seats of good saddles are generally of pigskin, and the flaps of cow-hide.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • He got the pigskin and skinned down the field like a blue streak, and—but, ahem!

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Ten minutes of play found the pigskin near the center of the field.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for pigskin

pigskin

/ˈpɪɡˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of the domestic pig
2.
leather made of this skin
3.
(US & Canadian, informal) a football
adjective
4.
made of pigskin
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Word Origin and History for pigskin
n.

"saddle leather," 1855, from pig (n.) + skin (n.). As slang for "football" from 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigskin

pigskin

modifier

: the pigskin parade/ a pigskin superstar

noun

A football (1894+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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