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From the “57 Varieties [of Pickles]” slogan used by the H. J. Heinz Company.
- (of a thing) Being a complete mix; containing parts of many different origins.
- (informal, of a person or animal, chiefly a dog) Having ancestry of many different origins; to be of mixed race or breed.
- 1995, Erika Bourguignon, “Identity and the Constant Self”, in The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, volume 19, page 183:
- “ […] My mother is a bit more on the Heinz 57 side. She's got a strong Germanic background, a little bit of British, and my maternal grandmother is French-Canadian.”
- (countable, slang) A dog of miscellaneous ancestry; a mutt.
- Synonym: pavement special
- Even Birds Are Chained To The Sky and Other Tales (The Fine Line Editorial Consultancy) (page 265)
- “We have five dogs,” I hear her say, “All Heinz 57s, rescued.”
- (uncountable, poker) A variety of draw poker in which 5s and 7s are wild cards.