bill of goods
- a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc.
- Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article.
- 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
Related Wordsextort, 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]