pull the wool over eyes

pull the wool over eyes


  • to deceive someone
  • to hoodwink someone
  • prevent someone from discovering something by deceiving them
  • deceive someone into thinking well of them


  1. I’m not as dumb as you think; don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes.
  2. Don’t try to pull the wool over his eyes, he’s too smart.
  3. Some people think they can get away with anything. They always try to pull the wool over others’ eyes.
  4. You can’t pull the wool over her eyes, she knows what’s going on.
  5. Most financial advisers try to pull the wool over their client’s eyes and sell them what they don’t need. They only care for their own commissions.
  6. Beware of quacks posing as doctors. They will pull the wool over your eyes and disappear with their fees.
  7. I don’t trust people who claim to have supernatural powers. I think they are just pulling the wool over people’s eyes.
  8. Are you trying to pull the wool over my eyes? I know very well what happened in there.

The phrase originated in America in the 1800s. It is assumed that it was derived from the wearing of woollen wigs

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