buy a pup

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 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.
See also: buy, pup, sell, somebody
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Don't buy a pup with the same named dogs constantly in pedigree ie breeding grandfathers with granddaughters.
Do not buy a pup unless it has papers to prove its history.
So it is imperative to buy a pup with the goods to make a sound, strong-performing gun dog.
Never buy a pup under eight weeks old and insist on seeing it at least once with the mother where it was born.
Do not buy a pup from someone who hunts a couple times a year, and does nothing with the dog(s) in the off-season.
If you buy a pup with no instinct to hunt, you're likely to be without a real hunting dog for another 14 years.