there's a sucker born every minute


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there's a sucker born every minute

There is always someone willing or able to be swindled or deceived. The phrase is usually attributed to American showman P.T. Barnum. Any time I see a ridiculous product for sale, I remind myself that there's a sucker born every minute. The only reason he has a following is because there's a sucker born every minute. No rational person would think he knows what he's talking about!
See also: born, every, minute, sucker

there's a sucker born every minute

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say there's a sucker born every minute to mean that someone has just done something stupid, especially that they have been tricked. This is an industry secure in the knowledge that there's a sucker born every minute.
See also: born, every, minute, sucker
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He did do a pretty good job with a Gilbert and Sullivan-style rapid version of There's A Sucker Born Every Minute but his diction with the American accent was weak.
Barnum once remarked that there's a sucker born every minute - what he forgot to mention is that so many of them go on to hold elected office.
Barnum, claiming there's a sucker born every minute, didn't know the half of it.
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