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Pull a Fast One (on somebody): Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To lie or deceive somebody, to play a trick / prank / practical joke on somebody.
Origin
Pull a fast one (on somebody)This idiom may have originated with magicians. Many magicians practise deception by “sleight of hand”, where they fool an audience by making movements which are too fast to see.

The idiom can also be used for other kinds of trick or lie where deception is involved.
Examples
– Don’t try to pull a fast one on me! I know what you’re doing.

– I paid him for six bottles of champagne, but he pulled a fast one on me and gave me six bottles of cheap wine.

– She said she had a headache and went home, he must have been pulling a fast one because I saw her laughing as she walked out the door.
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