A pig in a poke
Pig Pig, n. [Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige girl, Sw. piga, Icel. p[=i]ka.] 1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog. ``Two pigges in a poke.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any wild species of the genus {Sus} and related genera. [1913 Webster]

3. [Cf. {Sow} a channel for melted iron.] An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See {Mine pig}, under {Mine}. [1913 Webster]

4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [Low] [1913 Webster]

{Masked pig}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Masked}.

{Pig bed} (Founding), the bed of sand in which the iron from a smelting furnace is cast into pigs.

{Pig iron}, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as it comes from the smelting furnace. See {Pig}, 4.

{Pig yoke} (Naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or sextant.

{A pig in a poke} (that is, bag), a blind bargain; something bought or bargained for, without the quality or the value being known. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • (a) pig in a poke — something that you buy or accept without first seeing it or knowing what it is like, with the result that it might not be what you want. Clothes from a catalogue are a pig in a poke. You can t feel the quality of the fabric or know if the clothes …   New idioms dictionary

  • a pig in a poke — see under ↑poke2 • • • Main Entry: ↑pig a pig in a poke A thing bought unseen, or a commitment made to something unknown or unknowable • • • Main Entry: ↑poke * * * I something that is bought or accepted without knowing its value or seeing it… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) pig in a poke — a pig in a poke informal old fashioned phrase something that you have bought without seeing it first Thesaurus: words used to describe shops and their productshyponym Main entry: poke …   Useful english dictionary

  • a pig in a poke — ► a pig in a poke something that is bought or accepted without first being seen or assessed. Main Entry: ↑pig …   English terms dictionary

  • a pig in a poke — a risk, a gamble, taking a chance (See take a chance    If you don t test drive the car, you re buying a pig in a poke …   English idioms

  • a pig in a poke — something that is bought or accepted without first being seen or assessed. → pig …   English new terms dictionary

  • a pig in a poke — informal old fashioned something that you have bought without seeing it first …   English dictionary

  • (buy) a pig in a poke — (buy) a pig in a ˈpoke idiom if you buy a pig in a poke, you buy sth without seeing it or knowing if it is good enough • Buying from a catalogue can mean buying a pig in a poke. Main entry: ↑pigidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • buy a pig in a poke — buy something without seeing it or knowing if it will be satisfactory You shouldn t buy that car without first inspecting it. It is like buying a pig in a poke …   Idioms and examples

  • buy a pig in a poke — buy something without been seen in advance …   English contemporary dictionary

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