kaupa köttinn í sekknum

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From kaupa ‎(to buy) and köttinn ‎(the cat) the definite accusative singular form of köttur ‎(a cat) and í ‎(in) and sekknum ‎(the sack) the definite dative singular of sekkur ‎(a sack), literally meaning to "buy the cat in the sack".

Idiom[edit]

kaupa köttinn í sekknum ‎(weak verb, third-person singular past indicative keypti köttinn í sekknum, supine keypt köttinn í sekknum)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) to be sold a pig in a poke