bill of goods
Date: 1842 1. a consignment of merchandise 2. something intentionally misrepresented ; something passed off in a deception or fraud — often used in the phrase sell a bill of goods

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bill of goods — ☆ bill of goods n. a shipment of goods sent to an agent for sale sell someone a bill of goods Informal to persuade someone by deception or misrepresentation to accept, believe, or do something …   English World dictionary

  • bill of goods — bill′ of goods′ n. 1) bus a quantity of salable items, as an order or shipment 2) inf a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • bill of goods — noun 1. communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car • Hypernyms: ↑misrepresentation, ↑deceit, ↑deception 2. a consignment of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bill of goods — noun a) A collection of items purchased or offered for sale. This morning, he said, I foolishly gave Eben a hundred dollars, and sent him to Boston to pay for a bill of goods which I recently bought of a wholesale house on Milk Street. b) A set… …   Wiktionary

  • bill of goods — 1. a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc. 2. Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article. 3. sell someone a bill of goods, to defraud or deceive someone: He sold me a bill of goods about that used …   Universalium

  • bill of goods — A list of articles purchased; a slang expression of one who feels that he has suffered some imposition or been induced to take some action that he regrets, and says accordingly, he sold me a bill of goods. See bill of parcels; bill of sale …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bill of goods — noun N. Amer. a consignment of merchandise. Phrases sell someone a bill of goods deceive someone …   English new terms dictionary

  • sell someone a bill of goods — sell (someone) a bill of goods American to make someone believe something that is not true. Politicians have sold all of us a bill of goods, that if we put more people in prison we re going to be safer. The electrician said I d need the outdoor… …   New idioms dictionary

  • sell a bill of goods — sell (someone) a bill of goods American to make someone believe something that is not true. Politicians have sold all of us a bill of goods, that if we put more people in prison we re going to be safer. The electrician said I d need the outdoor… …   New idioms dictionary

  • sell a bill of goods — phrasal 1. : to get the better of especially by fraud : dupe, stick a poor sucker who was sold a bill of goods 2. : to saddle with something disadvantageous sold him a bill of goods and got him to buy the tax ridden property …   Useful english dictionary

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