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bill of goods

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

bill of goods (plural bills of goods)

  1. (business) A collection of items purchased or offered for sale.
    • 1884, Horatio Alger, Do and Dare, ch. 18:
      "This morning," he said, "I foolishly gave Eben a hundred dollars, and sent him to Boston to pay for a bill of goods which I recently bought of a wholesale house on Milk Street."
  2. (idiomatic) A set of misleading or deceptive claims; misinformation.
    • 1956, "Harry's Bitter Week," Time, 27 Aug.:
      Truman bought quite a bill of goods from the old cronies who had flocked to Harriman.

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