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tantony pig

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Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
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Etymology

Contraction of Saint Anthony's pig in honour of St Anthony, patron saint of swineherds, frequently shown with a little pig by his side.

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tantony pig

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The favourite or smallest pig in the litter. (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)
    • 1838, Benjamin Webster, Acting National Drama
      I'm not going to tankety-tankety after his tail, like a Tantony pig any more.
    • 1984, Richard Fitzneale, Dialogus De Scaccario: The Course of the Exchequer and Constitutio Domus Regis (the Establishment of the Royal Household)
      This system (which had the disadvantage of discouraging good farming, since the worst animal — the 'Tantony pig' — counted for as much as the best) was only applicable when the court was in constant progress.
    • 2002, Murray J Levith, Shakespeare's Merchant and Marlowe's Other Play in The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays, ed John Mahon, Ellen MacLeod Mahon
      A “Tantony pig” is the smallest of a litter, a detail that might recall Antonio's description of himself in Shakespeare's play as the “tainted wether of the flock".

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