pig in a poke


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pig

 (pĭg)
n.
1.
a. Any of various mammals of the family Suidae, having short legs, hooves with two weight-bearing toes, bristly hair, and a cartilaginous snout used for digging, including the domesticated hog (Sus scrofa subsp. domestica syn. S. domesticus) and wild species such as the bushpig.
b. A domesticated hog, especially when weighing less than 54 kilograms (120 pounds).
c. The edible parts of one of these mammals.
2.
a. Informal A person regarded as being piglike, greedy, or disgusting.
b. Derogatory Slang A police officer.
c. Slang A member of the social or political establishment, especially one holding sexist or racist views.
3.
a. A crude block of metal, chiefly iron or lead, poured from a smelting furnace.
b. A mold in which such metal is cast.
c. Pig iron.
intr.v. pigged, pig·ging, pigs
To give birth to pigs; farrow.
Phrasal Verb:
pig out Slang
To eat ravenously; gorge oneself: pigged out on cake.
Idioms:
in a pig's eye Slang
Under no condition; never.
pig in a poke
Something that is offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value.
pig it Slang
To live in a piglike fashion.

[Middle English pigge, young pig, probably from Old English *picga.]

pig′ in a poke′


n.
something purchased, accepted, or acquired without a preliminary examination.
[1520–30]
Translations
zajíc v pytli
Katze im Sack
References in classic literature ?
Well, must just dine without him, and he'll have to buy his pig in a poke after all.
If we go to the sales this autumn can we buy a pig in a poke, is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush or are we making a pig's ear of the whole thing?
As a psychic pig is set to predict results at Euro 2012, the people of Ireland may well be wondering if they have already been sold a pig in a poke.