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hoagy

or hoa·gie

[ hoh-gee ]
/ ˈhoʊ gi /
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noun, plural hoa·gies.New Jersey and Pennsylvania (chiefly Philadelphia).

a hero sandwich.

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Origin of hoagy

An Americanism first recorded in 1940–45; several anecdotal hypotheses have been advanced as to the origin of the word, most claiming it to be derivative of hog, either in reference to pork as an ingredient, or as an epithet for a person capable of eating such a sandwich, or alluding to Hog Island, an industrial and shipping area of South Philadelphia; but corroborating evidence is lacking; see -ie
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