Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 23:58

sell someone a pup

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EtymologyEdit

From an old swindle, where one would be sold a bag purportedly containing a piglet, but which actually contained a puppy. Compare pig in a poke.

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VerbEdit

sell someone a pup (conjugates with sell)

  1. (UK) To sell something of little worth, pretending that it is something else of greater value.

Usage notesEdit

Often used in the passive voice, as in: I've been sold a pup.

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