Where Did The Saying Sweating Like A Pig Come From?

According to some sources, it originated from the time of William the Conqueror. If you have ever been on a hunting trip in England and smelled those pigs being slaughtered, then you know that they do not smell very good at all! It is said that because these animals would be forced to stand outside for hours before they were killed their bodies would sweat profusely – hence “sweat like a pig”.

Another possible origin for this phrase comes from an old English dialect term “to stink like a pig” or possibly translated as “stink-en-a-pig” which means to stink up something (i.e., stinking up something).

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