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Meaning of bait-and-switch

bait-and-switch

Pronunciation: (bāt'n-swich'), [key]
— adj.
  1. denoting a deceptive method of selling, by which customers, attracted to a store by sale items, are told either that the advertised bargain item is out of stock or is inferior to a higher-priced item that is available.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of such practice.
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