sell a bill of goods

sell a bill of goods
phrasal
1. : to get the better of especially by fraud : dupe, stick

a poor sucker who was sold a bill of goods

2. : to saddle with something disadvantageous

sold him a bill of goods and got him to buy the tax-ridden property


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sell a bill of goods — sell (someone) a bill of goods American to make someone believe something that is not true. Politicians have sold all of us a bill of goods, that if we put more people in prison we re going to be safer. The electrician said I d need the outdoor… …   New idioms dictionary

  • bill of goods — Date: 1842 1. a consignment of merchandise 2. something intentionally misrepresented ; something passed off in a deception or fraud often used in the phrase sell a bill of goods …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sell someone a bill of goods — sell (someone) a bill of goods American to make someone believe something that is not true. Politicians have sold all of us a bill of goods, that if we put more people in prison we re going to be safer. The electrician said I d need the outdoor… …   New idioms dictionary

  • bill of goods — ☆ bill of goods n. a shipment of goods sent to an agent for sale sell someone a bill of goods Informal to persuade someone by deception or misrepresentation to accept, believe, or do something …   English World dictionary

  • sell someone a bill of goods — deceive someone. → bill of goods …   English new terms dictionary

  • bill of goods — noun 1. communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car • Hypernyms: ↑misrepresentation, ↑deceit, ↑deception 2. a consignment of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bill of goods — 1. a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc. 2. Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article. 3. sell someone a bill of goods, to defraud or deceive someone: He sold me a bill of goods about that used …   Universalium

  • sell someone a bill of goods — I deceive someone, usually by persuading them to accept something untrue or undesirable she was sold a bill of goods about that dog s pedigree II see bill of goods …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell one a bill of goods — {v. phr.} To persuade another to acquire something useless; defraud. * /We were sure sold a bill of goods when Alfred persuaded us to buy his custom built car for which replacement parts weren t available anywhere./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sell one a bill of goods — {v. phr.} To persuade another to acquire something useless; defraud. * /We were sure sold a bill of goods when Alfred persuaded us to buy his custom built car for which replacement parts weren t available anywhere./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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