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a pig in a poke

Definition of a pig in a poke


  1. :  something usually of poor quality that someone buys or accepts without knowing much about it

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a young domesticated swine not yet sexually mature

    :  a wild or domestic swine

    :  an animal related to or resembling the pig

  1. :  farrow

    :  to live like a pig

    :  farrow

  1. :  bag, sack

    :  wallet

    :  purse

  1. :  prod, jab

    :  to urge or stir by prodding or jabbing

    :  to cause to prod :  thrust

  1. :  a quick thrust :  jab

    :  a blow with the fist :  punch

    :  a projecting brim on the front of a woman's bonnet

  1. :  pokeweed

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different from the usual or normal

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