The Daily Mirror reports that MPs' expenses have soared to record levels with more than one in four putting family on the payroll. An inflation-busting 10% rise added £9 million to the bill and now represents around a third of the entire cost of running Parliament. Full story >>
1. The snout is the long nose and area around the mouth of some types of animal, such as a pig.
2. A trough (rhymes with 'off') is a long narrow open container for animals to eat or drink from (see pic).
If you say that people have their noses (or snouts) in the trough, you mean that they are trying to get a lot of money for themselves. • There is a scramble among the big health corporations to get their snouts in the trough.