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be sold a pup

slang To have bought something that is ultimately worthless. Primarily heard in UK. I'm sorry, but that's definitely not an authentic Louis Vuitton bag. You've been sold a pup, my friend.
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buy a pup

slang To buy something that ultimately proves to be worth nothing or less than promised. Primarily heard in UK. I'm sorry, but that's definitely not an authentic Louis Vuitton bag. You've bought a pup, my friend. He told us he has years of experience in this field when we hired him, but he acts like this is his first time handling accounts like this. I'm starting to think we bought a pup.
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sell (one) a pup

To sell or pass off something to someone that ultimately proves to be worth nothing or less than promised. I'm sorry, but that's definitely not an authentic Louis Vuitton bag. They sold you a pup, my friend. He told us he has years of experience in this field when we hired him, but he acts like this is his first time handling accounts like this. I'm starting to think he sold us a pup.
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be sold a pup

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone is sold a pup, they buy or accept something that is not as good as they thought it would be. It's the car you want at the price you want to pay. But can you trust the seller, or will you be sold a pup? The pictures were published in good faith but the newspaper discovered two days later that they had been sold a pup. Note: A pup is a puppy or young dog, and is probably being contrasted with an animal that is older and does not need to be trained before being put to work.
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sell someone a pup

swindle someone, especially by selling them something that is worthless. British informal
This phrase originated in the early 20th century; the idea behind it is presumably that of dishonestly selling someone a young and inexperienced dog when an older, trained animal had been expected.
1930 W. Somerset Maugham Cakes and Ale The public has been sold a pup too often to take unnecessary chances.
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sell somebody/buy a ˈpup

(old-fashioned, British English, informal) sell somebody or be sold something that has no value or is worth much less than the price paid for it: I’m wondering whether this really is a genuine Rolex. Do you think I’ve been sold a pup?The idea behind this idiom seems to be that someone dishonestly sells a young dog with no experience to someone who is expecting a more valuable older trained dog.
See also: buy, pup, sell, somebody

beat the dummy

and beat the meat and beat one’s meat and beat the pup and choke the chicken and pound one’s meat and pull one’s pud and pull one’s wire and whip one’s wire and whip the dummy and yank one’s strap
tv. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) Are you going to sit around all day pulling your pud? We heard him in there “choking the chicken,” as the street crowd says.
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beat the pup

verb
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since Hector was a pup

A very long time ago. One explanation suggests that the expression might have become popular in the 1920s when many schoolboys studied Greek and had dogs named Hector after the Homeric hero. Another possibility is also rooted in classical studies: according to the playwright Euripides, Hector's mother, Hecuba, was turned into a dog for murdering the killer of her older son; therefore, Hector was the son of a dog, which made him a pup. In any event, the phrase is now obsolete.
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For each season, the results of general linear models indicate that the pup absolute mass gain and the rate of mass gain increased and decreased with lengthening foraging trip, respectively (see Table 8).
It also gives you, a buyer, a far better chance to evaluate the pups and decide how well the pup fits your hopes.
Sea Life Scarborough says goodbye to five healthy seal pups as they're released back into the wild
This can be a piece of the socialization package, but remember that the goal of socialization is to get your pup accustomed to and comfortable with the world around him.
You want pups with early exposure to fowl before you take them home at 10 weeks or older.
Ranger David Roach said: "Last year was a record when we had just over 1,700 pups, they have steadily been going up and up.
It is not yet clear whether the newcomer is male or female, as the pup is too small for keepers to know the sex.
Later, Pandey informed the matter to the president of Sadbhavna Charitable Trust, Bhavanji Chhadwa, who rushed the pup to the SPCA hospital in an ambulance where the doctors reported the pup was being treated and out of danger.
The SSPCA were contacted the next day and the pup was taken to the Oban Sea Life Sanctuary.
NEW and, top, The high temperature worried me as I was concerned that something may have gone very wrong with the pups but an ultrasound scan confirmed good strong heart beats in the pups.
It would be nice to see the pups again in a few weeks to know for sure, though.
RCD, PUP, MDS and UDU as well as an independent list.
Remove the pup by using sharp clippers and cutting it as close to the base of the mother plant as possible.
For this, each pup (n = 9, five females and four males from three different litters of three pups each) was taken out from its nest and immediately isolated in a small chamber were the recordings were obtained.
They're especially tough for a one-month-old meerkat pup to nab.