Definition of bill of goods in English:

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bill of goods


North American
A consignment of merchandise.
Example sentences
  • To my knowledge, it was just a bill of goods.
  • How to tell the difference between a phony bill of goods and the genuine article.
  • And I went away and tried to write a kind of treatment that I thought covered the bill of goods.


sell someone a bill of goods

North American Deceive someone, usually by persuading them to accept something untrue or undesirable: she was sold a bill of goods about that dog’s pedigree
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Consumers seeking relief from phone hucksters shouldn't be sold a bill of goods by their government.
  • 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.

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