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English in a Minute – Hoodwink:欺骗

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The EIM team would never try to "hoodwink" you.

But what does that mean? Let's listen.

Anna, you know the fruit seller near the office?

Oh, you mean Pete?

Yeah. He tried to hoodwink me yesterday.

I thought the sign for oranges read 3 kilograms for $5.

But the 1 in front of the 5 was covered.

So it was really $15 for 3 kilograms!

Wow. He wouldn't try to trick you, would he?

In the 1500s, "hoodwink" meant to cover the eyes of someone, like a prisoner, with a hood or blindfold.

Over time, the word came to mean hiding the truth or trying to trick someone.

And that's English in a Minute!