Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Pig-back, Picka-back,

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pig-back, Picka-back,
or a-Pigger-back, does not mean as a pig is carried by a butcher, but as a piga or child is carried. It should be written apiggaback. A butcher carries a pig head downwards, with its legs over his shoulders; but a child is carried with its arms round your neck, and legs under your arms.   1
        “She carries the other a pickapack upon her shoulders.”—L’Estrange.



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