- salt pork and bacon taken from the sides of a hog.
Origin of side meat
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for side meat
Two mules were loaded with side-meat or bacon; this we threw away.Geronimo's Story of His Life
So they managed to make coffee, fry slices of side-meat, and bake a hoe-cake of Indian-corn meal.
If I have got to choose between side-meat and clay for a regular diet,” said Sandy, “give me side-meat every time.
- US informal salt pork or bacon
C19: so called because it comes from the side of the pig