Definition of sell someone a pup in English:

sell someone a pup

phrase

British
informal
  • Swindle someone by selling them something worthless.

    ‘people don't want to go into these places because they're afraid they'll be sold a pup’
    • ‘The Minister's chief executive has sold him a pup, and he has bought it.’
    • ‘The people of New Zealand have been sold a pup by the Prime Minister of New Zealand.’
    • ‘The talk is that Ford was sold a pup when it bought the British brands - an accusation Dover dismisses.’
    • ‘Those who joined up because they were in favour of Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environment, Community, and Trades Unionism have been sold a pup.’
    • ‘The first is that Helen Clark and Pete Hodgson sold New Zealand a pup.’
    • ‘As inept as Rangers were inspired, with one win now in nine league games, Thompson has been sold a pup, one that only whimpered briefly before submission against the Ibrox opponents.’
    • ‘He spotted the ignorance of the conservatives in Middle Eastern affairs - and sold them a pup.’
    • ‘We have had no official word but we are being told that the Israelis are saying they have been sold a pup.’
    • ‘‘If we had put them to the membership, they would have thought they had been sold a pup,’ he said.’
    • ‘It is a difficult process, but it is possible to win compensation if you were sold a pup.’
    swindle, defraud, cheat, fleece, exploit
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