don't buy a pig in a poke

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don't buy a pig in a poke

Don't buy something without inspecting it thoroughly. The phrase refers to a confidence trick in which people would buy what they thought was a pig in a bag (or "poke") and later found that the bag actually contained a cat. You really ought to do some research on the condition of the house before buying it. Don't just buy a pig in a poke!
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