pull the wool over someone's eyes


pull the wool over someone's eyes
verb
conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
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He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well

Syn: ↑bamboozle, ↑snow, ↑hoodwink, ↑lead by the nose, ↑play false
Hypernyms: ↑deceive, ↑betray, ↑lead astray
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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DECEIVE, fool, trick, hoodwink, dupe, delude; informal lead up the garden path, put one over on, bamboozle, con.
wool

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pull the wool over someone’s eyes phrase
to try to trick or cheat someone by giving them wrong information

You’re not pulling the wool over my eyes – I know what you’re trying to do.

Thesaurus: to cheat or trick someonesynonym
Main entry: pull

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I
see wool
II
deceive someone by telling untruths

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pull the wool over someone's eyes — see wool
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Main Entry:eye
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pull the wool over someone's eyes
informal : to trick or deceive someone : to hide the truth from someone

He was too clever to let them pull the wool over his eyes.

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Main Entry:wool

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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