bill of goods


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bill of goods

n. pl. bills of goods
1. A consignment of items for sale.
2. Informal A plan, promise, or offer, especially one that is dishonest or misleading: "The salesman himself ... is often depicted as the ultimate sucker, who has fallen for his own cheesy bill of goods" (Walter Goodman).

bill′ of goods′


n.
1. a quantity of salable items, as an order or shipment.
2. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bill of goods - communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable; "they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car"
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
2.bill of goods - a consignment of merchandise
bill - a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
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