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buy a pig in a poke

buy a pig in a poke in Culture

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To buy something sight unseen (a “poke” is a bag): “The mail-order offer sounded like a bargain, but I didn't want to buy a pig in a poke.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for buy a pig in a poke

buy a pig in a poke

verb phrase

To accept or agree to something without careful examination; risk the unknown: It is unfair for anyone running for president ''to ask people to buy a pig in the poke''

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can't buy

[1562+; fr dialect poke, ''bag, sack'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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