Definition of sell someone a bill of goods in US English:

sell someone a bill of goods


North American
  • Deceive someone, especially by persuading them to accept something untrue or undesirable.

    ‘she was sold a bill of goods about that dog's pedigree’
    • ‘Were they just misunderstandings of intelligence data, or were we sold a bill of goods?’
    • ‘You're almost certainly being sold a bill of goods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘They,’ he told a Senate judiciary subcommittee, ‘sold the country a bill of goods.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It passed because voters were sold a bill of goods by proponents of the act.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consumers seeking relief from phone hucksters shouldn't be sold a bill of goods by their government.’
    • ‘As I said earlier, American men have been sold a bill of goods.’
    • ‘I mean, are we getting sold a little bit of a bill of goods, here?’
    • ‘And the political scandal relates to the fact that we've been sold a bill of goods on this limited government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’