sell freezers to Eskimos

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sell freezers to Eskimos

To persuade those who have no need or use for something to buy it, typically because one is such a charming and convincing salesperson. The phrase alludes to the various indigenous peoples of the traditionally cold, snowy northern circumpolar regions of the globe, who thus would have no shortage of (and no need to buy) snow. It should be used with caution, though, as the term "Eskimo" is considered by some to be offensive or derogatory. I can't believe you were able to sell an extra 200 units to the hospital. I bet you'd be able to sell freezers to Eskimos!
See also: Eskimo, freezer, sell, to
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