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You can’t pull one over on my eyes

This malaphor seems very straightforward – a blend of “put one over on me” and “pull the wool over my eyes”.  Both idioms mean “to be fooled” and both contain the word “over”, hence the confusion.  The word “pullover” also might have been jumbled in the subconscious as in a “pullover sweater” which of course goes over the eyes.  In blending both idioms,  the speaker was undoubtedly trying to be particularly emphatic about not being tricked!

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One Comment on “You can’t pull one over on my eyes”

  1. Heather Donaldson says:

    Judge,

    I said a malaphor today! Cleaning up the pieces. A mix of cleaning up the mess and picking up the pieces. 😄

    Sent from my iPhone


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