bill of goods

noun phrase

: a consignment of merchandise
: something intentionally misrepresented : something passed off in a deception or fraud
often used in the phrase sell a bill of goods

Examples of bill of goods in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Americans have been sold a bill of goods, coming and going. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bill of goods was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Bill of goods.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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