BACON, n. The mummy of a pig embalmed in brine. To “save one’s bacon” is to narrowly escape some particular woman, or other peril.
By heaven forsaken,
By Justice o’ertaken,
He saved his bacon
By cutting a single slice of it;
For ’twas cut from the throat,
And we venture to quote
Death, hell and the grave as the price of it.
—S. F. Journal of Commerce