pull the wool over someone's eyes


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pull the wool over someone's eyes

To deceive or fool someone; from the woolen wigs formerly worn by judges. Someone who had succeeded in fooling a judge likened this to physically pulling his wig down until he could not see properly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pull the wool over someone's eyes - conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"
deceive, lead astray, betray - cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
Translations

wool

(wul) noun, adjective
(of) the soft hair of sheep and some other animals, often made into yarn etc for knitting or into fabric for making clothes etc. I wear wool in winter; knitting-wool; a wool blanket.
ˈwoollen adjective
made of wool. a woollen hat.
ˈwoollens noun plural
clothes (especially jumpers etc) made of wool. Woollens should be washed by hand.
ˈwoolly adjective
1. made of, or like, wool. a woolly jumper/rug.
2. (also ˌwoolly-ˈheaded) (of a person) vague or hazy. She's too woolly(-headed) to be in charge of a department.
nounplural ˈwoollies
a knitted garment.
ˈwoolliness noun
pull the wool over someone's eyes
to deceive someone.
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To pull the wool over someone's eyes also comes from the 17th century when men wore powdered wigs which looked woolly.