a lemon

a lemon

Something that is worthless or much less valuable than one was led to believe. It sounded like a good deal at the time, but this car he sold me is a total lemon!
See also: lemon
References in classic literature ?
On that first day, as soon as the collops were ready, Cluny gave them with his own hand a squeeze of a lemon (for he was well supplied with luxuries) and bade us draw in to our meal.
Finally, after several tests, a friend of mine who works as a computer consultant confirmed what I had dreaded: My new modern was a lemon.
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