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Meaning of "a pig in a poke" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A PIG IN A POKE

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WHAT DOES A PIG IN A POKE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Pig in a poke

The idioms pig in a poke and sell a pup refer to a confidence trick originating in the Late Middle Ages, when meat was scarce, but cats and dogs were not. The idiom pig in a poke can also simply refer to someone buying a low-quality pig in a bag because he or she did not carefully check what was in the bag.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A PIG IN A POKE

a matter of opinion
a mensa et thoro
a mite
a month of Sundays
a mountain to climb
a mug´s game
a nail in one´s coffin
a name to conjure with
A number 1
a piece of crumpet
a piece of goods
a pop
a posteriori
a pox on someone
a pressurized environment
a pretty penny
a priori
A road
a run for one´s money

WORDS THAT END LIKE A PIG IN A POKE

bespoke
cowpoke
forespoke
forspoke
hub-and-spoke
mopoke
poke
slowpoke
spoke
unbespoke
unspoke

Synonyms and antonyms of a pig in a poke in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «a pig in a poke» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A PIG IN A POKE

Find out the translation of a pig in a poke to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a pig in a poke from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a pig in a poke» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

瞎买东西
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a ciegas
570 millions of speakers

English

a pig in a poke
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आंख मूंदकर सौदा करना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خنزير في كزة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кот в мешке
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Gato por lebre
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি কসরত একটি শূকর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un chat dans un sac
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Babi dalam poke
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

eine Katze im Sack kaufen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

だまされて買った物
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

찌르기 에 돼지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Babi ing poke
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một con lợn trong một xô
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு தொட்டியில் ஒரு பன்றி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कोपर्यात एक डुक्कर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

körü körüne
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

una scatola chiusa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kota w worku
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кіт в мішку
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un porc într-o traistă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα γουρούνι στο σακί
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n kat in die sak
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ett grisen i säcken
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en gris i sekken
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a pig in a poke

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A PIG IN A POKE»

The term «a pig in a poke» is very widely used and occupies the 12.322 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A PIG IN A POKE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a pig in a poke

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A PIG IN A POKE»

Discover the use of a pig in a poke in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a pig in a poke and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Raise the Bar: Real World Solutions for a Troubled Profession
This book examines the dissatisfaction within the legal community and offers practical, real world solutions for increasing lawyers' satisfaction with their careers.
Lawrence J. Fox, 2007
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In a Magnolia Minute: Secrets of a Late Bloomer
"a pig in a poke." Some of us try desperately to "make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." We've all heard our children lament, "But he's hogging the TV!" We all go " hog wild" from time to time and "live high on the hog." But to do that, we need to ...
Nan Graham, 2005
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Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the ...
To buy ' a pig in a poke,' or bag ; a blind bargain, without taking a sight of the thing bought. ' Cold pig;' goods returned upon tradesmen's hands instead of money, is an unsavoury thing, and so is cold pig. ' A learned pig,' is he who repeats ...
John Badcock, 1823
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Food: The Key Concepts
It requires that the citizenry should give up their hereditary and sensible aversion to buying a pig in a poke” (126). The fact that most modern urban readers will not know the meaning of “a pig in a poke”11may prove Berry's point. In a similar ...
Warren Belasco, 2008
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Rationalized Epistemology: Taking Solipsism Seriously
... upward pressures, and backward thrusts; there is no reason to claim one actually feels the person. Feeling a pig in a poke is actually feeling a resistance to pressure over a volume that is roughly pig-shaped; it is not actually feeling a pig.
Albert A. Johnstone, 1991
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Being Bianca: The Semi-Complete Guide: A Comedy in One ACT
(fading as she falls asleep next to the bed) Quiet as a pig in a poke. As a pig in a blanket. As a greased pig at the... NETTIE and PEARL start to breathe heavily, as if asleep. PEARL snores slightly. BIANCA: Oh. You know, my Net-Net is doing ...
Alan Haehnel, 2007
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Italian Pocket Dictionary: In Two Parts : I. Italian and ...
... attizzare il fuocn ; poke with a stick, frugacchiare con un bastone; to buy a pig in a poke, comprare gat ta in sacco Poker, ». un forcone Poking, ». fmgata Pol, ». un pappagallo Polacre, ». polacra Polar, i! . polare Pole, ». un polo, pertica, palo;  ...
Giuspanio Graglia, J. Ouiseau, 1833
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The Romance of the Word: One Man's Love Affair with Theology ...
As I later came to put it, proclaiming the Good News of such a preposterous salvation is like trying to sell a pig in a poke — only worse. You might possibly trick some gullible soul into buying a three-legged pig if you talked fast and presented ...
Robert Farrar Capon, 1967
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Why We Have So Many American Problems: And what We Can Do ...
We didn't get a pig in a poke with Iraq. We got a rabid wolverine in a poke. "The surge is working, the surge is working," is their call. "Working for whom?" is the real question. They say we might have to stay a hundred years, and that is fine with ...
James C. Barnes, 2008
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Straw Men
I'm afraid you bought yourself a pig in a poke.” As the day wore on, Aldrich's thoughts returned more than once to Singletary's last comment. It turned out to be an appropriate reference given the sorry assortment of locals with whom Aldrich ...
Rodney Osborne, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A PIG IN A POKE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a pig in a poke is used in the context of the following news items.
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Hinlicky: Karst poses a special threat to the region's water
... testing before and after the construction of the pipeline within 150 feet of it will do the job. In a karst typography, that's "sellin' a pig in a poke." ... «Roanoke Times, Jul 15»
2
Time to Transcend All Lesser Evils For the Greater Good
The real-world truth is the populace cannot reliably tell a pig in a poke from a pig with lipstick -- nor predict the future when the "lesser" turns out ... «OpEdNews, Jul 15»
3
The first of four reasons why Hillary is unfit for the presidency
The old adage cautions us about buying a pig in a poke. Why would we elect one? Common sense tells us that, while champions stand for ... «RenewAmerica, Jun 15»
4
Public to get say on waterslides, marina expansion proposed for …
He fears the city could be entering into “a pig in a poke.” Former mayor Dorothy Tinning is also speaking out against the proposal. «The Daily Courier, Jun 15»
5
Luna County enters Joint Powers Agreement for CAP Entity; Moving …
Luna County resident Barry Dunleavey called the CAP Entity "a pig in a poke" and turned his back on the Board to ask the audience for a show ... «Deming Headlight, Jun 15»
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Jeff Goldblum Explains How To Talk To Your Wife About Her Outfit
A pig in a poke, isn't that what they call it? It's sometimes a dangerous thing, because you've got to feel that thing, and you've got to see it. «GQ Magazine, Jun 15»
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Coal Industry Lobbies White House to Back Off on New Power Plant …
... insisted that CCS is not a demonstrated fix—and that it would be illegal for the agency to base its performance standard on a pig in a poke. «InsideClimate News, Jun 15»
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Fun With Selective Endpoints: El Gallo and The J-Hey Kid
... the Cardinals had bought a pig in a poke and were going to have to hope Jordan Walden became the most valuable reliever in the history of ... «Viva El Birdos, Jun 15»
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The Universal Notebook: Trans-Pacific Partnership is terrible public …
... parts of it under controlled conditions in a guarded basement room, but Obama has essentially asked them – and us – to buy a pig in a poke. «The Forecaster, Jun 15»
10
The Price Of College Should Not Be Lifelong Surveillance
Purchasing a college degree is often like buying a pig in a poke–often there's no way to tell what you're really getting for that money. «The Federalist, Jun 15»

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