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Dispose of by deception, as in
They tried to pawn off a rebuilt computer as new
. This expression may have originated as a corruption of
, although it was also put as
in the 1700s, when it originated.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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