to pull the wool over someone's eyes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pull the wool over someone's eyes

"to pull the wool over someone's eyes"

to deceive someone in order to prevent them from knowing what you are really doing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull the wool over someone's eyes

A teacher is teaching a class ...

Teacher:  Are you really studying, Norbert?

Norbert:  Yes, ma'am.

Teacher:  Are you sure?  Are you sure you are not trying to pull the wool over my eyes?

Norbert:  I wouldn't trick you teacher.

Teacher:  Then why can I see bread crumbs falling on the floor?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pull the wool over someone's eyes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  A man on the street tried to sell me a Cartier watch for two hundred dollars.

Friend 2:  Did you buy it?

Friend 1:  I was a little suspicious and thought maybe the man was pulling the wool over my eyes so I examined the watch very carefully.

Friend 2:  And?

Friend 1:  It said "Made in China" on the back cover.

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to pull the wool over someone's eyes - Gerund Form:

Pulling the wool over their parent's eyes is something teenagers try to do.

to pull the wool over someone's eyes - Examples:

1)  ... negotiated and manipulated her way into. It would seem Julia Gillard can pull the wool over the eyes of some, but not all. The majority of Australians reject ...

2)  ... playing the same sophisticated tricks that big pharma still sometimes uses to pull the wool over the eyes of doctors.

3)  ... are true it shows the extent to which greedy bankers would go to pull the wool over the eyes of their customers and the regulator.

4)  You see, no matter how often some people try and pull the wool over our eyes, the data tells the real story-which is one of ongoing warming ...

5)  If you try to pull the wool over our eyes we are going to have even more reasons not to trust.

6)  These charlatans that run our government are trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

7)  What is more, it will be easy for a major gallery to pull the wool over our eyes because most of these paintings of doubtful attribution will now be in ...

8)  ... he thought by writing a lovey dovey statement, he could pull the wool over our eyes, but we aren't stupid. 

9)  These busybodies try their best to pull the wool over our eyes and cover up their own abject crimes.

10)  ... tell you the mindset of two deceitful ambitious people trying to pull the wool over your eyes?

11)  People will use it to try and tell you something or pull the wool over your eyes. 'Drink this and it will make you happy.'

12)  ... but I would suggest that in most cases they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes because of some ulterior motive.

13)  ... should be a clear indication that this is not some brand where we pull the wool over your eyes - here we tell the truth ...

14)  And anyone who objected here that the graun was pulling the wool over our eyes got deleted and banned.

15)  ... perpetrating this scam should now have the audacity to try another tack in pulling the wool over our eyes makes me furious.

16)  Tell them the truth - don't try to pull the wool over their eyes.

17)  Magistrates are pretty clueless in my view, it's easy to pull the wool over their eyes.

18)  She is very sneaky and managed to pull the wool over their eyes, no problem, I would never trust her again if she ...

19)  Where my son is eager to please my daughter is trying to pull the wool over my eyes and get away with something.

20)  I knew it was you, but couldn't believe you could pull the wool over my eyes that easily.