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bait-and-switch (not comparable)

  1. Relating to use of bait and switch (offering one attractive exchange initially, but not honoring the offer) in business, politics, and elsewhere.
    • 2001 November 14, Jessica Reaves, “Red Faces at the Red Cross”, in Time:
      Despite Healy's argument that the Liberty Fund would go to worthwhile causes, many felt the Red Cross had deliberately misled donors by using September 11th in a bait-and-switch ploy.
    • 2019 November 5, Rohit Chopra, quotee, “'Bait-and-switch scam': AT&T fined $60m over data throttling allegations”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The FTC commissioner, Rohit Chopra, called AT&T’s actions a “massive fraud”. “AT&T’s bait-and-switch scam is a good window into the many harms that result from dominant companies operating without the discipline of meaningful competition,” Chopra said in a statement.


bait-and-switch (third-person singular simple present bait-and-switches, present participle bait-and-switching, simple past and past participle bait-and-switched)

  1. (transitive) To exploit using bait and switch.
    • 2009, Jane White, America, Welcome to the Poorhouse [] , FT Press, →ISBN, page 64:
      Perhaps the most baffling and frustrating feature of the mortgage mess is that, to my knowledge, the House Financial Services Committee never held public hearings in which bait-and-switched homeowners testified as to how their mortgage payments doubled in just a few years []
    • 2020 August 7, Kurt Andersen, “College-Educated Professionals Are Capitalism’s Useful Idiots”, in The Atlantic[2]:
      To my surprise, even shock, both of them spent the entire trip sputtering and whining—about being bait-and-switched when their employee-ownership shares of United Airlines had been evaporated by its recent bankruptcy, []