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Idiom
pull the wool over someone's eyes
 
 
Meaning
deceive, trick or mislead; hoodwink; swindle
 
 
Usage
Don't try and pull the wool over my eyes, I know what is going on here.
 
 
Usage
He thought he could hoodwink his own father-in-law.
 
 
Story
The expression pull the wool over someone's eyes alludes to the former custom of wearing a wig, which when slipping down can blind someone temporarily.
 
 
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