a pig in a poke

You know when you buy something online, and then it finally arrives, and it’s not at all what you thought it would be? You’ve just bought a pig in a poke.  A poke is a kind of bag or sack, from the French poque (from which we also get pocket). Now, clearly, if one were to buy a bag which the owner claimed contained a pig, and you never thought to check inside, it might contain something else entirely. Hence the saying “Never buy a pig in a poke”. Solid, practical advice here.

pig in a poke


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