Definition of bill of goods in English:

bill of goods

noun

North American
  • A consignment of merchandise.

    • ‘How to tell the difference between a phony bill of goods and the genuine article.’
    • ‘At the time plaintiff claims to have sold the bill of goods to defendants, they were in the store of Hume & Porter.’
    • ‘You and your fellow traders inspect the bill of goods you've each just acquired.’
    • ‘And I went away and tried to write a kind of treatment that I thought covered the bill of goods.’
    • ‘To my knowledge, it was just a bill of goods.’
    • ‘This allows us to combine the features of statistically-derived models such as CES with the "bill of goods" approach which specifies actual costs and usage of production inputs.’
    • ‘In order to acquire full information about the goods' quantity and necessary certificates we advise you send your invoices or simply the bill of goods as early as possible.’

Phrases

  • sell someone a bill of goods

    • Deceive someone, especially by persuading them to accept something untrue or undesirable:

      ‘she was sold a bill of goods about her low value in society’
      • ‘If you think that's possible, you've been sold a bill of goods that you'll regret buying for the rest of your life.’
      • ‘What bothers me the most about it is not just that we are being sold a bill of goods by the very outfit responsible for making possible most current Internet security problems.’
      • ‘In the process, the American people were demoted from citizens to consumers, and sold a bill of goods about how the almighty market was the essential foundation of democracy.’
      • ‘Consumers seeking relief from phone hucksters shouldn't be sold a bill of goods by their government.’
      • ‘But lest you go getting any notions that we're being sold an old disorder with a new name and a brand-new (now prescription) bill of goods, think again.’
      • ‘I mean, are we getting sold a little bit of a bill of goods, here?’
      • ‘As I said earlier, American men have been sold a bill of goods.’
      • ‘The guys who get caught now will be the ones who are sold a bill of goods by someone who convinces them he has a way to keep them from being caught.’
      • ‘It passed because voters were sold a bill of goods by proponents of the act.’
      • ‘Still, it's hard to shake the notion that we're being sold a bill of goods - a vision of war as sleek and high-tech and, ultimately, painless and made to look easy.’
      • ‘In fixing blame for the way the public appears to have been sold a bill of goods, don't overlook the part played by the media.’
      • ‘I know the answer to that - he thinks we are completely brain dead, because we bought his whole bill of goods before, and once we realised that we were tricked, we didn't do a damn thing about it.’
      • ‘If we, as a country, bought a bill of goods, this article might function as the receipt written in mutating ink.’
      • ‘And once again, it was the sense-only an occasional sense in de la Pena's case, but still there - that I was being sold a bill of goods.’
      • ‘‘They,’ he told a Senate judiciary subcommittee, ‘sold the country a bill of goods.’’
      • ‘I picture the churlish store employees who sold me this bill of goods in the first place, bellyaching about being at work, glancing at the ringing phone in irritation, then disgust, then amusement as they willfully ignore it.’
      • ‘Were they just misunderstandings of intelligence data, or were we sold a bill of goods?’
      • ‘And the political scandal relates to the fact that we've been sold a bill of goods on this limited government.’
      • ‘It's simply because I know that women are being sold a bill of goods, a limited sense of their own capacities, a distorted view of birth.’
      • ‘You're almost certainly being sold a bill of goods.’
      • ‘That is a conceit that has been sold to us as a bill of goods, and we should not buy it; and the last people who should buy into that are the ministers of Word and Sacrament.’
      • ‘But rather than target individual lawmakers, they sold voters a bill of goods about the virtues of putting limits on how long anyone can serve in certain elected positions.’