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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.
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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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You need to have complete confidence in the person rearing the pups as well as the bitch that is rearing them.
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Further south, volunteers are preparing viewing areas at Horsey beach in east Norfolk after a record 1,500 grey seal pups were born there last year, and this is expected to rise to nearer 2,000 this year.
The females, known as cows, give birth to one pup each on quiet beaches or in caves.
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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.
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The National Trust says gray seal pups have been washed from a beach at Horsey in the county of Norfolk.
The group has secured foster homes for the three-month old pups.
They found that in both the moms and pups, flaxseed oil induced a change in this chemical modification in the Fads2 gene.
The Caerphilly-based charity, which has been forced to prioritise certain dogs with grave medical problems because of rising costs, stepped in to save the bull mastiff pups after they were called to help by their desperate owner.
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.
TWO cute little Mongoose Pups are putting a smile on people's faces The Dwarf Mongoose Pups, have been spotted enjoying the September sunshine in Chester Zoo.
The den site sounds like it corresponds to what a coyote would use, but these pups do not quite look like coyote pups.