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 Pig Hunt (A).Pig and Tinderbox. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pig-iron.
 
This is a mere play upon the word sow. When iron is melted it runs off into a channel called a sow, the lat’eral branches of which are called the pigs; here the iron cools, and is called pig-iron.   1
 


 Pig Hunt (A).Pig and Tinderbox. 

 
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