sell ice to Eskimos
sell ice to Eskimos (third-person singular simple present sells ice to Eskimos, present participle selling ice to Eskimos, simple past and past participle sold ice to Eskimos)
- (idiomatic) To persuade people to go against their best interests or to accept something unnecessary or preposterous.
- He's such a smooth talker, he could sell ice to Eskimos.
persuade people to accept something they don't need