to sell a bill of goods




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sell a bill of goods

"to sell a bill of goods"

to defraud or deceive

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sell a bill of goods

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I think our vendor has sold us a bill of goods. Here it is two days after the promised delivery day and still no product.

Colleague 2: I suppose that a salesperson will say whatever is necessary to make the sale. Perhaps she truly believed that her company could deliver on time. Perhaps she just lied to you in order to make the sale. Have you phoned your salesperson?

Colleague 2: Just now. She apologized profusely and said that the order was in transit and should arrive today. Maybe her comments were just another trick.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sell a bill of goods

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: No way! You're just selling me a bill of goods. There is no way that can be true. Simone would never say that about me. I think you are trying to deceive me in order to gain some advantage.

Friend 2: What reason would I have to lie?

Friend 1: You want Simone and I to break up so that you can have a chance with her.

Friend 2: I am not at all interested in Simone. She's not my type.

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to sell a bill of goods - Usage:

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to sell a bill of goods - Gerund Form:

Selling his neighbor a bill of goods, he was tricked into reducing his property line.




to sell a bill of goods - Examples:

1)  Shame on those folks who sold library students a bill of goods

2)  ... think that Elliot is trying to con anyone or sell you folks a bill of goods.

3)  Thus, the Tea-Party sold the voters a bill of goods that isn't working any better.

4)  This means they will sell you a bill of goods for your money. Because of the many false preachers and teachers, ...

5)  ... come to us to dupe us or sell us a bill of goods.

6)  Could this all be a con? Could he be selling us a bill of goods as self-justification? I suppose so - but somehow I think not. 

7)  You know why? Because someone is selling you a bill of goods to enrich themselves. Don't be a sucker.

8)  They are selling you a bill of goods! They are using statistics to lie which anyone can do with statistics.

9)  I have been lied to, manipulated and sold a bill of goods. I don't trust the government.

10)  ... are bright kids, kids who want to work and were sold a bill of goods about just what a university degree would get them.

11)  They knew they had been sold a bill of goods and sent to war on a lie.

12)  ... most women - the problem is that we have all been sold a bill of goods that tells us that we must conceal our grey hair in order to look younger.

13)  We have been sold a bill of goods, there where promises made that didn't come to fruition. 

14)  Parents have been sold a bill of goods that is highly destructive, because it overemphasises infant and toddler nurturing to the detriment ...

15)  ... as a consumer of mental health services that I have been sold a bill of goods and would have been better off with a snake oil sales man. 

16)  ... was a sham and a mockery, and I had been sold a bill of goods

17)  Fact is, kids gets sold a bill of goods about education and their future that very often these days doesn't pan out.

18)  I am not against reform. But I am against being sold a bill of goods that I can not examine. 

19)  We have been marketed to and sold a bill of goods, that life somehow isn't complete with remote controls, huge televisions, giant ...

20)  ... the people are being sold a bill of goods that is not truthful.