English Idiom – Bring home the bacon.

Meaning – To earn money for your family. The act of earning money or achieving a goal. If you are bringing home the bacon you are providing financial support for you and your family.

This expression has its roots in the olden days when the prize at county fairs was a live pig. If a participant could win the pig, they would bring it home and their family could have bacon to eat. Therefore, bringing home the bacon was a sign of success.

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? You could possibly say bring home the broccoli instead! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your idioms!

The idiom make hay while the sun shines can be used to describe making the most of an opportunity while it is available.


When could you use this idiom?

  • You have just got a new job.
  • A friend is struggling to make enough money to live.
  • Your partner has been given a promotion at work.
  • You’ve received a generous bonus at work.


  • “I’m so chuffed that I’ve been given a promotion at work. It is time for me to bring home the bacon!”

In The News:

Wrestlers Bring Home The Bacon


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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