pull a fast one
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- (idiomatic, often followed by on) To carry out a trick or deception; to behave contrary to expectations.
- This isn't worth anything like what you paid them. I think they pulled a fast one on you.
- 1992 August 7, Andrew Rosenthal, "The 1992 Campaign: Bush Says Rival Would ‘Pull a Fast One’ Over Taxes," New York Times (retrieved 3 Nov 2017):
- President Bush today made his most aggressive assault yet on Gov. Bill Clinton, asserting that the Democratic nominee would "pull a fast one on the American people" and raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars.
- 1998 March 16, Daniel Kadlec, "Is That You, Al Dunlap?," Time (retrieved 3 Nov 2017):
- The man known as Chainsaw Al pulled a fast one last week, buying three companies when everyone assumed he would be selling his own.
- 2013 April 2, Ricky Tomlinson, "10 lies we're told about welfare," Guardian (UK) (retrieved 3 Nov 2017):
- 7. Claimants are pulling a fast one. No. Less than 1% of the welfare budget is lost to fraud.
(idiomatic) to deceive or trick