a pig in a poke
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pig in a poke
Something that is purchased without having been thoroughly inspected, often with negative consequences. A "poke" is a bag. Purchasing a home without inspecting it first is like buying a pig in a poke.
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If you buy or accept a pig in a poke, you buy or accept something without examining it carefully first, with the result that it may be something of poor quality or not what you want. It's the doubts about the financial package that really worry me. I feel we could be buying a pig in a poke here. He won the election by promising an end to government corruption. But now it appears voters may have been sold a pig in a poke. Note: In the past, traders selling piglets at markets often had one pig on show and the rest in bags, or `pokes', ready to sell. Dishonest traders used to put cats in the bags instead of pigs to cheat their customers. `Let the cat out of the bag' is based on the same practice.
a pig in a pokesomething that is bought or accepted without knowing its value or seeing it first.
In this expression, a poke is a small sack or bag, a sense which is now found chiefly in Scottish use.
1996 John Doran Red Doran I didn't want to sell the fellow a pig in a poke, so I explained that the ducks were bred only for laying.
(buy) a pig in a ˈpokeif you buy a pig in a poke, you buy or pay for something without seeing it or examining it carefully first: Make sure you take the car for a proper test drive — you don’t want to buy a pig in a poke, do you?
Poke is an old word for a small sack or bag.