from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One pig out of ten, paid as a tithe or church-rate.
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You take them for tithe-pig parsons, when they are gentlemen of learning, and, like myself, graduates of Oxford.
He is the tithe-pig of his family, which the gallows, instead of the parson, claims as its due.
"Dick is a fool," said he; "but he ne'er begged benison of an abbot, a bone from a starved dog, or a tithe-pig from a parson."
As most surely a tithe-pig, whate'er the world thinks, is
a tithe-pig, and undo his neighbours, makes them spoil a whole province, and batter down goodly cities with the cannon.