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pig in a poke

Something whose true value (usually less than expected) is concealed or unknown, especially something offered for sale.


  • Reportedly from the practice of substituting a butchered cat, etc. for a suckling pig when sold in a sack at a market. Other theories circulate but all involve the purchase of a cat in a bag, where the buyer expected better.

Betty thought the flowers looked expensive, but her mother knew they were fake. When Betty asked if she could buy them, her mother replied, "That's just a pig in a poke. You don't want that"

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Modified by TriplePurple on December 03, 2023


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