Anthony (Grose 1811 Dictionary)
The favourite or smallest pig
in the litter.—To follow like a tantony pig, i.e. St.
Anthony’s pig; to follow close at one’s heels. St. Anthony
the hermit was a swineherd, and is always represented
with a swine’s bell and a pig. Some derive this saying
from a privilege enjoyed by the friars of certain convents
in England and France (sons of St. Anthony), whose swine
were permitted to feed in the streets. These swine would
follow any one having greens or other provisions, till they
obtained some of them; and it was in those days considered
an act of charity and religion to feed them.
Definition taken from
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,
originally by Francis Grose.
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