He is driving his hogs over Swarston-bridge.

This is a saying used in Derbyshire, when a man snores in his sleep. Swarston-bridge (or bridges, for there are several of them one after another) is very long, and not very wide, which causes the hogs to be crowded together; in which situation they always make a loud grunting noise.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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He is driving his hogs over Swarston-bridge
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