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Something that is bought or accepted without first being seen or assessed:‘the unwary were apt to buy a pig in the poke’
- ‘The former mayor said: ‘People are being asked to vote for a pig in a poke - it is all so uncertain.’’
- ‘As far as I can see we're being asked to buy a pig in a poke.’
- ‘And with a court that's divided 5-4 on so many of those cases, we're not willing to buy a pig in a poke.’
- ‘Managers sometimes bought a pig in a poke - not fully understanding what they were getting.’
- ‘I would like to know more about the whole thing and I don't intend voting for a pig in a poke.’
- ‘To some extent the opposition has bought a pig in a poke here.’
- ‘Let us hope that they recognise a pig in a poke when it is offered to them.’
- ‘For most people, buying an air ticket is buying a pig in a poke.’
- ‘It was obvious to many observers, that when the county council went for the Cocklebury Road site, they bought a pig in a poke.’
- ‘I'm afraid I can't offer much information on the state of the company - they haven't spoken with me for ages so it's a bit of a pig in a poke.’
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