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pull a fast one (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers pulling a fast one on the town. I've got a great plan to pull a fast one on the school for April Fools' Day. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a fast one.
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pull a fast one

Inf. to succeed in an act of deception. She was pulling a fast one when she said she had a headache and went home. Don't try to pull a fast one with me! I know what you're doing.
See also: fast, one, pull
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pull a fast one

Also, put over a fast one. Engage in a deceitful practice or play an unfair trick. For example, He pulled a fast one when he gave me that fake employment record, or She tried to put over a fast one, but we found out in time to stop her. [Slang; c. 1920]
See also: fast, one, pull
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pull a fast one

INFORMAL
If someone pulls a fast one, they trick someone. The crowd obviously thought I was trying to pull a fast one to get a better seat. Note: You can also say that someone pulls a fast one on someone else. Someone had pulled a fast one on her and she was not going to let them get away with it.
See also: fast, one, pull
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pull a fast one

try to gain an unfair advantage by rapid action of some sort. informal
This phrase was originally early 20th-century US slang and is also found as put over a fast one .
1993 What Mortgage We also know what prices should be and will pull up any builder trying to pull a fast one.
See also: fast, one, pull
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pull a ˈfast one (on somebody)

(slang) tell lies or cheat somebody, for example in order to get their money, possessions, etc.; deceive somebody: Don’t try to pull a fast one on me. I’m not stupid, you know.
See also: fast, one, pull
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pull a fast one

tv. to outwit or outsmart someone by a clever and timely maneuver. Don’t try to pull a fast one on me.
See also: fast, one, pull
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

pull a fast one

Informal
To play a trick or perpetrate a fraud.
See also: fast, one, pull
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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