be had


: to be tricked or fooled by someone
She doesn't want to buy a used car because she's worried about being had by a dishonest salesman.
I don't trust them. I think we've been had.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are impressive summer savings to be had across furniture, bedding, kitchen essentials, mattresses, and more. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 While some are resigned that this downturn in the city’s commercial real estate market is more enduring that past lulls because of the embrace of remote work, others hope there’s a longterm win to be had like fortuitous investors of the past. Victoria K. Hunt, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 The stripe stretching along its flanks and up around its side windows can also be had in Toronto Red. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2023 And there isn’t much joy to be had in the wet and wispy mizuna trying to pass itself off as a Caesar salad. Pete Wells, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 And while maple syrup season is the reason for the celebration, there’s plenty of other outdoor fun to be had at Palmer’s Sugarhouse. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 3 Mar. 2023 There is plenty of storage to be had in the various cupboards and drawers. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 9 Feb. 2023 And while there may be some time between now and Feb. 20, there are still savings to be had for those who are looking to buy right now. Jade Chung-lee, PCMAG, 3 Feb. 2023 There’s no shortage of content fodder or amazing experiences to be had over the next few days. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Be had.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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