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bill of goods

Lies. Often used in the phrase "sell (one) a bill of goods." So you told me you would study harder, and then your grades got even worse. Looks like you sold me a bill of goods! Mike told me that he would stay away from Liz, since he knew I liked her, and yet, there he is, flirting with her! I was sold a bill of goods!
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You can't sell someone a bill of goods and not deliver.
At a cultural moment when the Republican National Convention is designed as an extended infomercial, it's no surprise that claims are manufactured and exaggerated in order to sell a dangerously intrusive bill of goods to an unsuspecting public, yet such "2-minute Hate" tactics have not been seen in this country since the hottest days of the cold war.
He accused Strong of being sold a bill of goods by the utility and dismisses Hydro's claim of a power surplus.
Despite their tremendous advantages, conservatives face a major obstacle that we don't: Their task has been to sell a big chunk of the American population a bill of goods, to convince them that their interests and concerns are best served by supporting political initiatives and programs that are sharply skewed to benefit corporations and the rich at their own expense.
Fields used that kind of slippery language to sell a bill of goods in one of his movies, but there is nothing funny when innocent grade-school children are gunned down in front of their homes by drive-by assassins.
Americans have been sold a bill of goods that says it is bad to set goals for integrating minorities - blacks in particular - into the labor force."
That the smoking public has been sold the low tar bill of goods sounds like reason enough to spur the FDA into action.
People can sense that they're being sold a bill of goods, and the result is a further discrediting of the left.