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bait-and-switch

[beyt-n-swich]
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adjective
  1. denoting a deceptive method of selling, by which customers, attracted to a store by sale items, are told either that the advertised bargain item is out of stock or is inferior to a higher-priced item that is available.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of such practice.
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Related Words for bait-and-switch

con, flimflam, hustle, racket, rip-off, sting, swindle, Ponzi, bait-and-switch, bunko

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