pull the wool over (one's) eyes

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pull the wool over (one's) eyes

To deceive, fool, or misdirect one, especially to gain an advantage. (Likely an allusion to the once-common practice of men of wearing large powdered wigs that resembled lambs' wool.) He tried pulling the wool over our eyes by hiding the profits in separate accounts, but we were quick to catch onto his scheme. Be prepared for your kids to try to pull the wool over your eyes when they're teenagers.
See also: eye, over, pull, wool

pull the wool over someone's eyes

Fig. to deceive someone. You can't pull the wool over my eyes. I know what's going on. Don't try to pull the wool over her eyes. She's too smart.
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pull the wool over someone's eyes

Deceive or hoodwink someone, as in His partner had pulled the wool over his eyes for years by keeping the best accounts for himself . This term alludes to the former custom of wearing a wig, which when slipping down can blind someone temporarily. [c. 1800]
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pull the wool over someone's eyes

If someone pulls the wool over your eyes, they try to deceive you, sometimes in order to get an advantage over you. I just thought he was trying to pull the wool over my eyes to get a better price. Parents who were mistreating their small children would find it difficult to pull the wool over her eyes. Note: In the past, wigs for men were sometimes called `wool' because they looked like a sheep's fleece. It was easy to pull wigs over people's eyes, either as a joke or in order to rob them.
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pull the wool over someone's eyes

deceive someone, especially by telling untruths.
1997 Spectator On no occasion do I remember Ridsdale trying to pull the wool over my eyes but rather trying always to remove the wool that journalists…pull over their own eyes.
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pull the ˈwool over somebody’s eyes

(informal) deceive somebody; hide the truth from somebody: It’s no use you trying to pull the wool over my eyes; you didn’t go to school again today, didn’t you? OPPOSITE: open your/somebody’s eyes (to something)This idiom may refer to a time in the past when judges and other important people wore wigs made of wool. If somebody pulled the wig over their eyes, they were not be able to see what was happening.
See also: eye, over, pull, wool

pull the wool over (someone's) eyes

To deceive; hoodwink.
See also: eye, over, pull, wool
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It just goes to show the lengths to which our rulers will go to pull the wool over our eyes and sustain their power.
And Ms Villiers should not try to pull the wool over our eyes.
Having Mandelson in your team is a sign of Mr Brown's desperation to pull the wool over our eyes.
Well, Mr Blair has tried to pull the wool over our eyes yet again.
EU Commissioner Karel Van Miert castigated Ivester as arrogant for thinking he "could pull the wool over our eyes," and for failing to "respect the rules along with everyone else.
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Your view is not psychology, Dr Hughes, it's kidology and you should be ashamed of trying to pull the wool over our eyes in this way.
so don't pull the wool over our eyes as fans, we are well aware that real quality is required first and foremost.
Other utility ventures attempted to pull the wool over our eyes by not stating a firm price; fortunately, they were excluded.
PIXIE Geldof tried to pull the wool over our eyes with this.