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"pull a fast one"

Posted by Sauerkraut on October 29, 2000

In Reply to: "Pull a fast one" posted by Mark on October 28, 2000

: Origin ?? Meaning??

Origin: Checked several usual references, and nothing is to be found.

Meaning: To get away with something.

Possible derivation:

In the early days of the sport of trapshooting, live pigeons were released from a "trap" or cage at the shooter's command of "pull". To pull a fast one could then mean to release a target that was so fast that it missed by the shooter.