what can you expect from a pig but a grunt?

Used rhetorically with reference to coarse or boorish behaviour.

1731 Poor Robin’s Almanack C6 If we petition a Hog, what can we expect but a grunt.

1827 SCOTT Journal 10 Apr. (1941) 41 They refuse a draught of £20, because, in mistake, it was £8 overdrawn. But what can be expected of a sow but a grumph?

1910 P. W. JOYCE English as We speak it in Ireland x. Of a coarse, ill-mannered man, who uses unmannerly language: ‘What could you expect from a pig but a grunt.’

1997 Spectator 22 Nov. 37/2 References in Mr Cole’s letter to the ‘bottle’ were, to say the least, distasteful. But then, as they say, ‘What can you expect from a pig but a grunt?’


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