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Definition of "pork" []

  • The flesh of a pig or hog used as food. (noun)
  • Government funds, appointments, or benefits dispensed or legislated by politicians to gain favor with their constituents: "However much [the voters] may distrust Congress and dislike pork, the advantages of being represented by an incumbent with seniority are hard to deny” ( Richard Lacayo). (noun)
  • Slang To eat ravenously; gorge oneself. Used with out. (verb-intransitive)
  • Slang To become fat. Used with out. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pork" in a sentence
  • "I will admit 350 billion in pork is alot of cash ...... we'll have to see if these "pet projects", create more stability and jobs in various districts and states."
  • "So they cut about 2 billion in pork from the funds to be used to continue warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan lol."
  • "Opposition lawmakers had said they won't let the bond bill pass unless Mr. Kan's cabinet first cancels what they call "pork barrel" policies in the budget, such as allowances for families with children."