- the back and sides of the hog, salted and dried or smoked, usually sliced thin and fried for food.
- Also called white bacon. South Midland and Southern U.S. pork cured in brine; salt pork.
- bring home the bacon,
- to provide for material needs; earn a living.
- to accomplish a task; be successful or victorious: Our governor went to Washington to appeal for disaster relief and brought home the bacon—$40 million.
- save one's bacon, Informal. to allow one to accomplish a desired end; spare one from injury or loss: Quick thinking saved our bacon.
Origin of bacon
- FrancisBaron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, 1561–1626, English essayist, philosopher, and statesman.
- Francis,1910–92, English painter, born in Ireland.
- Henry,1866–1924, U.S. architect.
- Nathaniel,1647–76, American colonist, born in England: leader of a rebellion in Virginia 1676.
- RogerThe Admirable Doctor, 1214?–94?, English philosopher and scientist.
Examples from the Web for bacon
And if people find themselves dissatisfied with how often they turn to fast food, Bacon says to try things like batch cooking.
Instead of just cutting out whole food groups, Bacon says people should pay attention to how food makes them feel.
“Most of the diseases we blame on nutrition are actually diseases of disempowerment,” Bacon said.
As a result, Bacon explained, “Al Qaeda has incorporated more Pakistanis into its ranks to fill these vacancies.”Al Qaeda’s Desperation Could Be India’s Nightmare
September 6, 2014
Wrap cooked crab legs in bacon, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.Explorations in Australia
But honesty don't get you bread or bacon, not in this world!Way of the Lawless
I got here about the right time of day to save your bacon, anyway.In the Valley
If there are yellow streaks in the lean of the bacon, it is rusty, and unfit to eat.
If intended for poultry, the slips of bacon should not be thicker than a straw.
- meat from the back and sides of a pig, dried, salted, and usually smoked
- bring home the bacon informal
- to achieve success
- to provide material support
- save someone's bacon British informal to help someone to escape from danger
- Francis, Baron Verulam, Viscount St Albans. 1561–1626, English philosopher, statesman, and essayist; described the inductive method of reasoning: his works include Essays (1625), The Advancement of Learning (1605), and Novum Organum (1620)
- Francis . 1909–92, British painter, born in Dublin, noted for his distorted, richly coloured human figures, dogs, and carcasses
- Roger . ?1214–92, English Franciscan monk, scholar, and scientist: stressed the importance of experiment, demonstrated that air is required for combustion, and first used lenses to correct vision. His Opus Majus (1266) is a compendium of all the sciences of his age
Word Origin and History for bacon
early 14c., "meat from the back and sides of a pig" (originally either fresh or cured, but especially cured), from Old French bacon, from Proto-Germanic *bakkon "back meat" (cf. Old High German bahho, Old Dutch baken "bacon"). Slang phrase bring home the bacon first recorded 1908; bacon formerly being the staple meat of the working class.
- English scientist and philosopher who is noted for the wide range of his knowledge and writing on scientific topics. Bacon pioneered the idea that mathematics is fundamental to science and that experimentation is essential to test scientific theories.
Biography: Roger Bacon was something of a Renaissance man before there was a Renaissance. Over the course of his long life, his energetic research would lead him to study everything from languages to mathematics to optics. He is most remembered for his insistence on the importance of pursuing fruitful lines of scientific research through experimentation. His writings describe countless experiments; while the majority were probably never performed by him, the profusion alone of experimental ideas is nothing short of astounding. His own laboratory work dealt primarily with alchemy, optics, and mechanics. He was among the first to apply geometric and mathematical principles to problems in optics and the behavior of light, allowing him to make important observations on reflection and refraction. His interest in mechanics led him to describe flying machines and other devices that had not yet been invented. He was the first person in the West to come up with a recipe for gunpowder, and he suggested reforms to the calendar, which would ultimately be implemented hundreds of years later. His novel ways of pursuing knowledge were sometimes viewed with suspicion, resulting at one time in imprisonment; but he bravely resisted all strictures on his intellectual life, even when that meant having to write and work in secret.
Idioms and Phrases with bacon
see bring home the bacon; save one's bacon.