pig in a poke

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a. Any of various mammals of the family Suidae, having short legs, hooves with two weight-bearing toes, bristly hair, and a cartilaginous snout used for digging, including the domesticated hog (Sus scrofa subsp. domestica syn. S. domesticus) and wild species such as the bushpig.
b. A domesticated hog, especially when weighing less than 54 kilograms (120 pounds).
c. The edible parts of one of these mammals.
a. Informal A person regarded as being piglike, greedy, or disgusting.
b. Derogatory Slang A police officer.
c. Slang A member of the social or political establishment, especially one holding sexist or racist views.
a. A crude block of metal, chiefly iron or lead, poured from a smelting furnace.
b. A mold in which such metal is cast.
c. Pig iron.
intr.v. pigged, pig·ging, pigs
To give birth to pigs; farrow.
Phrasal Verb:
pig out Slang
To eat ravenously; gorge oneself: pigged out on cake.
in a pig's eye Slang
Under no condition; never.
pig in a poke
Something that is offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value.
pig it Slang
To live in a piglike fashion.

[Middle English pigge, young pig, probably from Old English *picga.]
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pig′ in a poke′

something purchased, accepted, or acquired without a preliminary examination.
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AS EACH month passes, the showpiece Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow is proving to be a pig in a poke with the number of faults that have occurred since its opening.
While the 2016 vote was a pig in a poke, it is time to vote on the deal when we know what it is and not rely on MPs who in many cases, I think, are more worried about keeping their jobs than securing the future of the UK.
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When I was president of the American Academy of Dermatology, I made it a priority that patients and the government, who pay or subsidize insurance companies for this hollow insurance, understand how they were being cheated on their health care dollars --or, as we say in Kentucky, being sold a "pig in a poke." A pig in a poke is a pig (or another small farm animal) carried to market in a bag with only the head sticking out, disguising the skinny product within.