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    Pull a fast one

    Hi,
    May someone explain to me the meaning of the expression "pull a fast one"?

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    Re: Pull a fast one

    For me sitting in London, UK "to pull a fast one" is when a person deceives / steals from somebody else - often this is in the situation where money is paid up front for a service or goods and the person paid does not return with the goods or performs the service.

    "We gave cash to the builder as a deposit, and he pulled a fast one" - meaning "we gave money to the builder, but he did not return"



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    Re: Pull a fast one

    'Take an unfair advantage.' Isn't it in some online reference resource? (It's not in the UE list of idioms.)

    Also 'pull a flanker' (not unfair, just unexpected - I assume it's a reference to a 'flank forward' in rugby).

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    Re: Pull a fast one

    We often complete the phrase with "on me" or "on him".

    He pulled a fast one on me.
    I pulled a fast one on him.



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    Re: Pull a fast one

    I am not a teacher.

    It just means to trick someone (in a dishonest way as opposed to for fun).

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