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bill of goods

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noun
  1. a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc.
  2. Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article.
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Idioms
  1. sell (someone) a bill of goods, to defraud or deceive someone: He sold me a bill of goods about that used car.
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Origin of bill of goods

First recorded in 1925–30
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Related Words

extort, fleece, hoodwink, bilk, gouge, dupe, overcharge, deceive, victimize, defraud, con, cheat, swindle, fool, trick, trim, rook, scam, clip, do

Idioms and Phrases with sell a bill of goods

sell a bill of goods

Deceive, swindle, take unfair advantage of, as in He was just selling you a bill of goods when he said he worked as a secret agent, or Watch out if anyone says he wants to trade bikes with you; he's apt to be selling you a bill of goods. The bill of goods here means “a dishonest offer.” [c. 1920]

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