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Re: Let the cat out of the bag

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 06, 1999

In Reply to: Let the cat out of the bag posted by bluebaron on November 05, 1999

: Have also heard that this applies to dropping/weighing anchor on sailing ships.

I am not 100% on this but at medieval markets, unscrupulous traders would display a pig for sale.However,the pig was always given to the customer in a bag containing something that wiggled, and it was only later that the buyer would find he'd been conned when he opened the bag to reveal that it contained a cat, not a pig.
Therefore, "letting the cat out of the bag" revealed the secret of the con trick.