put-up job(redirected from a put up job)
A deliberate attempt to con or deceive someone. The want ad ended up being a put-up job designed to scam money from unsuspecting victims.
Inf. a deception; a deceptive event. That's really phony; a put-up job if I ever saw one. No put-up job is clever enough to fool me.
A prearranged conspiracy, especially a crime such as a burglary. For example, The police suspected that the butler was in on it-it was a put-up job. This colloquial phrase was first recorded in 1810.
a ˌput-up ˈjob(British English, informal) something that is planned to trick or deceive somebody: The whole thing was a put-up job. He set fire to the shop himself so that he could claim the insurance money.
n. a deception; a deceptive event. That’s really phony. A put-up job if I ever saw one.