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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bring home the bacon mean? 

  The verb BRING HOME THE BACON has 2 senses:

1. attain success or reach a desired goal
2. supply means of subsistence; earn a living

  Familiarity information: BRING HOME THE BACON used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1bring home the bacon [BACK TO TOP]


Attain success or reach a desired goal

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


bring home the bacon; deliver the goods; succeed; come through; win

Context examples:

The enterprise succeeded / We succeeded in getting tickets to the show / she struggled to overcome her handicap and won

"Bring home the bacon" entails doing...:

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bring home the bacon"):

hit (hit the intended target or goal)

accomplish; achieve; attain; reach (to gain with effort)

pan out (be a success)

act; work (have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected)

run (make without a miss)

make it; pass (go successfully through a test or a selection process)

nail; nail down; peg (succeed in obtaining a position)

hit the jackpot; luck out (succeed by luck)

clear; pass (go unchallenged; be approved)

bring off; carry off; manage; negociate; pull off (be successful; achieve a goal)

arrive; get in; go far; make it (succeed in a big way; get to the top)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sense 2bring home the bacon [BACK TO TOP]


Supply means of subsistence; earn a living

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


bring home the bacon; provide

Context examples:

He provides for his large family by working three jobs / Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon

Hypernyms (to "bring home the bacon" is one way to...):

support (support materially or financially)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

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