sell someone a pup

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


sell someone a pup (third-person singular simple present sells someone a pup, present participle selling someone a pup, simple past and past participle sold someone a pup)

  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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