sell someone a pup

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Etymology[edit]

From an old swindle, where one would be sold a bag purportedly containing a piglet, but which actually contained a puppy. Compare pig in a poke.

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sell someone a pup (conjugates with sell)

  1. (UK) To sell something of little worth, pretending that it is something else of greater value.

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Often used in the passive voice, as in: I've been sold a pup.

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