bill of goods


noun

a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc.
Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article.

Nearby words

  1. bill of adventure,
  2. bill of attainder,
  3. bill of entry,
  4. bill of exchange,
  5. bill of fare,
  6. bill of health,
  7. bill of indictment,
  8. bill of lading,
  9. bill of particulars,
  10. bill of quantities

Idioms

    sell (someone) a bill of goods, to defraud or deceive someone: He sold me a bill of goods about that used car.

Origin of bill of goods

First recorded in 1925–30

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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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