English Idiom Lesson & mp3 Audio: Pig Out & Cut Down

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Pig-out

Both of these idioms can be used to talk about eating. Today, I’m going to show you how they are used. Listen to the lesson and read the text!

Pig out is a verb and means “to overeat” or “to eat too much.”

  • I always pig out when I go to a buffet restaurant.
  • Jack said he pigged out at Tom’s party last night.

You can also use pig out on to talk about what you eat too much of.

  • I pigged out on grilled shrimp at the buffet restaurant last night.
  • Jack said he pigged out on chips and salsa at Tom’s party.

Cut down is also a verb and means to “eat less” or “to reduce the amount of something.”

  • I drink too much coffee. My doctor told me to cut down.
  • Jack doesn’t smoke so much anymore. He really cut down.

You can also use cut down on to talk about what you eat less of.

  • My doctor told me to cut down on coffee.
  • It seems like Jack cut down on smoking.

Have you pigged out recently? On what? Have you tried to cut down on something? Leave a message here and let me know.



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  • http://javiervallestero.blogspot.com.es Francisco Javier

    I never pig out on food but I’m really cutting down on sweets as my teeth are no longer the pearly whites they used to be!

  • Manel

    So Michael, cut down is the same as cut out? Thanks in advance

    • http://blog.myhappyenglish.com Michael

      Good question. Cut down means reduce, but cut out means stop :)

  • Marcos

    Hi Michael!

    Are the following sentences correct? I need to cut down on the internet. I need to spend less time on the internet. I pigged out on the internet yesterday. I spend a lot of time surfing the internet yesterday.

    Thanks

    Marcos

    • http://blog.myhappyenglish.com Michael

      Hi Marcos
      Nice job!
      I need to cut down on the internet. > I need to cut down on using the internet < works better
      I need to spend less time on the internet. >perfect
      I pigged out on the internet yesterday. > We only use pig out for food
      I spend a lot of time surfing the internet yesterday. It’s the past tense, so “I spent a lot of time surfing the internet yesterday” works better
      Thanks for trying!