pull the wool over someone's eyes

pull the wool over someone's eyes
conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end

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:

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.

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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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see wool
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
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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