Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

November 1, 2011 trixiecat

Where did the phrase “let the cat out of the bag” come from? According to The Phrase Finder:

It “relates to the fraud of substituting a cat for a piglet at markets. If you let the cat out of the bag you disclosed the trick – and avoided buying a pig in a poke (bag). This form of trickery is long alluded to in the language and ‘pigs in a poke’ are recorded as early as 1530.”

Hey, there’s no piglet in this bag. And not even a cat. I want my money back!

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