Definitions for pig in a poke
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pig in a poke(Noun)
Something whose true value is concealed or unknown, especially something offered for sale.
Origin: Reportedly from the practice of substituting a butchered cat, etc. for a suckling pig when sold in a sack at a market.
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.
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