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Bill of goods   /bɪl əv gʊdz/   Listen
Bill of goods

noun
1.
Communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable.
2.
A consignment of merchandise.






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"Bill of goods" Quotes from Famous Books



... of clinging to it a trifle longer than was needed. Every one of the six or seven hundred men in the building knew that the head of the business was at heart a plain man like themselves, who had never forgotten the day he sold his first bill of goods, and respected all his men each in his place as a man. They knew his "record" as a merchant and were proud of it. They thought him a "big man." Were he to drop out, they were convinced the business would run down, as if the main belt had slipped from the great fly-wheel of the ...
— Together • Robert Herrick (1868-1938)

... plaintiff is suing on a long account for a bill of goods which will take a long time to prove. The defendant has a receipt in full showing payment. On the theory that the defendant need not disclose his evidence in the opening, he may sit still with the receipt up his sleeve, let the plaintiff open and call ...
— The Man in Court • Frederic DeWitt Wells

... establishment of a firm which always bought heavily from his house. One of the proprietors was just going out. They came together in the doorway, and, before they could pass each other, a rival salesman slipped by and sold the other partner a large bill of goods. ...
— Said the Observer • Louis J. Stellman



Words linked to "Bill of goods" :   bill, deceit, deception, misrepresentation



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