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Pulled wool

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pulled wool wool pulled from a pelt, or undressed hide.
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Idioms

Pull the wool over someone's eyes - If you pull the wool over someone's eyes, you deceive or cheat them.
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Usage

In literature:

You can't pull wool over my eyes.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
You can't pull the wool over my eyes!
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
But I tell ya this: they ain't going to pull any wool over Acky Boone's eyes, and that's a fact.
"A Place in the Sun" by C.H. Thames
I provided all the boys with cotton-wool I pulled it out of my trousers and coat until she caught me.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
She always pulls the wool over your eyes.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
He knows very well the way I was treated, so Uncle James must have pulled the wool over his eyes some way.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
If I'm not looking anyone can pull the wool over them, whether it's this girl or someone else.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
The war chief pulled out an expensive-looking black wool suit and some white silk shirts with ruffles.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Weaver is pulling the wool over Parker's eyes.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
I caught two of them down here one day, but they pulled the wool over my eyes, and I let them off with a few days in a dungeon.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
He's allowed Holmes and his crowd to pull the wool over his eyes completely.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Mountains" by Jane L. Stewart
You pull the wool over Gabriella's eyes the worst ever was.
"Jessica, the Heiress" by Evelyn Raymond
Lady Rochford pulled at her wool and gave a hissing sigh of pain, for the joint of her wrist was swollen.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
But the wool was not yet pulled over Tutelu's eyes.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Cut off the wool and pull the end left at first over the last one.
"Hand-Loom Weaving" by Mattie Phipps Todd
Any flirt kin pull th' wool over thar eyes like it war a loose skin cap.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
In this predicament, there was nothing to do but to pull the wool over the eyes of the gods as best they might.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
Pulling wool over Lignum's eyes should be the easiest of jobs.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
Don't think to pull the wool over my eyes.
"The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill" by John T. McIntyre
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In poetry:

The smiths of Greydule, on the eve of Yule,
They forged three anchors rare;
The hemp he did pull, and he shore the wool,
And the maidens brought their hair.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
The smiths of Greydule, on the eve of Yule,
Will forge three anchors rare;
The hemp thou shalt pull, thou shalt shear the wool,
And the maidens will bring their hair.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
Well now, look at our villa! stuck like the horn of a bull
Just on a mountain-edge as bare as the creature's skull,
Save a mere shag of a bush with hardly a leaf to pull!
—I scratch my own, sometimes, to see if the hair's turned wool.
"Up at a Villa--Down in the City" by Robert Browning

In news:

Ultimately, I think someone pulled the wool over this farmer's eyes Sorry…I couldn't resist.
NEW CASTLE — I was tricked, bamboozled and had the wool pulled over my eyes.
It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents' eyes.
Advertiser Counts on Sheep to Pull Eyes Over the Wool.
Congress pulling wool over news media 's eyes.
He pulled into the station, where a lanky figure with a greasy wool cap stood next to the pumps .
Watch for those who would pull the wool over your eyes.
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In science:

Rather, they stick to the policy of ignoring criticism, apparently in the hope of pulling the wool over the eyes of an uncritical public.
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