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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).
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bill′ of goods′


n.
1. a quantity of salable items, as an order or shipment.
2. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article.
[1925–30]
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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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"In January 2016, as we were going through the accounts and bills of goods in order to give copies of those bills to our customers to check whether they matched with the merchandise delivered to them, one of the businesses objected that they had not received the goods listed in three bills issued in March 2015," the consultant said in his statement during the public prosecution investigation.
He was also accused of forgery for allegedly signing on purchase bills of goods by using the credit cards he had stolen from the cars.