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sell someone a bill of goods

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sell someone a bill of goods

  1. (idiomatic) To deceive or cheat someone.
    • 1953, "McCarran Raps Ike Speech at Dartmouth," Rome News-Tribune (US), 16 June, p. 3 (retrieved 21 June 2009):
      "He showed no knowledge of his subject," McCarran told newsmen. ". . . Someone must have sold him a bill of goods."
    • 2004, John Cassidy, "Blame Game: Intelligence Services and the Iraq War," New Yorker, 9 Feb.:
      Bill O'Reilly, of the Fox News Channel, has called on the President to admit that the CIA sold him a bill of goods and to fire the agency's director.

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