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side meat

noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. salt pork and bacon taken from the sides of a hog.
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Origin of side meat

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for side meat

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • If I have got to choose between side-meat and clay for a regular diet,” said Sandy, “give me side-meat every time.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for side meat

side meat

  1. US informal salt pork or bacon
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Word Origin

C19: so called because it comes from the side of the pig
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