pig in a poke


pig in a poke
   If someone buys a pig in a poke, they buy something without checking the condition it was in, usually finding out later that it was defective.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)

English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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  • Pig in a poke — is an idiom that refers to a confidence trick originating in the Late Middle Ages, when meat was scarce but apparently rats and cats were not.The scheme entailed the sale of a suckling pig in a poke (bag). The wriggling bag actually contained a… …   Wikipedia

  • pig in a poke — If someone buys a pig in a poke, they buy something without checking the condition it was in, usually finding out later that it was defective …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pig in a poke — pig′ in a poke′ n. something purchased, accepted, or acquired without a preliminary examination • Etymology: 1520–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • pig in a poke — something offered in such a way that the one to whom it is offered does not know exactly what the thing is nor what its real value is was too shrewd ever to buy a pig in a poke * * * something not adequately appraised or of undetermined value, as …   Useful english dictionary

  • pig in a poke — {n. phr.} An unseen bargain; something accepted or bought without looking at it carefully. * /Buying land by mail is buying a pig in a poke: sometimes the land turns out to be under water./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pig in a poke — {n. phr.} An unseen bargain; something accepted or bought without looking at it carefully. * /Buying land by mail is buying a pig in a poke: sometimes the land turns out to be under water./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pig in a poke — Date: 1562 something offered in such a way as to obscure its real nature or worth < unwilling to buy a pig in a poke > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pig\ in\ a\ poke — n. phr. An unseen bargain; something accepted or bought without looking at it carefully. Buying land by mail is buying a pig in a poke: sometimes the land turns out to be under water …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pig in a poke — See a pig in a poke …   English idioms

  • pig in a poke — something accepted or bought without looking at it carefully The stereo system he bought was a pig in a poke. He has no idea if it will work well …   Idioms and examples


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