[hohl-hawg, -hog]

adjective Informal.

complete and thorough; wholehearted.

Origin of whole-hog

First recorded in 1820–30

whole hog

noun Informal.

the furthest extent; everything: With them it was whole hog or nothing.


    go whole hog, to do something completely or thoroughly: The townspeople went whole hog for the celebration.Also go the whole hog.
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British Dictionary definitions for whole-hog

whole hog


slang the whole or total extent (esp in the phrase go the whole hog)
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Idioms and Phrases with whole-hog

whole hog

see go whole hog.

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