do a snow job on sb

do a snow job on sb (to deceive or confuse someone) — морочить голову, вешать лапшу на уши; наводить тень на плетень; наврать с три короба

Example 1: Bill did a snow job on the teacher when he said that he was sick yesterday.

Example 2: I hate it when someone does a snow job on me. I find it harder and harder to trust people.


[pull sb's leg]
[cock-and-bull story]
see also
[lead sb up the garden path]
[бабушкины сказки]
[бред сивой кобылы]
морочить голову
пудрить мозги
запудрить мозги
зубы заговаривать

пустить пыль в глаза
развесистая клюква


tags deception,

deception, flattery
a snow job {AmE; informal}
a lie that you tell in order to persuade someone to do or to believe something
(the act or an instance of deceiving, persuading, etc. with glib talk, flattery, etc
an effort to deceive, persuade, or overwhelm with insincere talk;
a deception or concealment of one's real motive in an attempt to flatter or persuade;
an attempt to persuade someone to do something, especially by praising them and using charm)
..... This snow job you call an explanation just won't do. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary)
You refer to what someone has said as a snow job to express your disapproval of the fact that it is full of lies and exaggerations, and was intended to deceive or flatter you. So a snow job is an act of deception or persuasion that often includes flattery.

Jeff wanted a better job, but boss boss spent two hours telling him how much the office depended on him. It was a real snow job. His boss did a snow job on Jeff.

a false story, a phony deal, a rip-off
вранье; разводилово, лажа, липа (обман)
.....They have the experience to know the difference between getting information and getting a snow job. You can lie to a member of Congress once, and that's it.
..... When he called me in London, he threw around a lot of names. A snow job. None of which checked out later, by the way. (Geng, Veronica Love Trouble is my Business)
..... Americans should see that the President's plan is just a snow job. (Philadelphia Enquirer, 2003)

...... I knew it was a snow job. They said if I ordered some pens, I'd receive a new TV.

do a snow job {As if to blind someone with snow}
..... You can generally tell when a student is trying to do a snow job. McGraw-Hill Dictionary
.....Tom did a snow job on the teacher when he said that he was sick yesterday.
..... I hate it when someone does a snow job on me. I find it harder and harder to trust people.

.....Don’t try to do a snow job on me. I know all the tricks.
.....She thought she did a snow job on the teacher, but it backfired.

give sb a snow job
to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly
to give someone a description of something or someone that is unrealistically attractive and positive
расписывать, описывать что-л. в очень привлекательном и положительном свете, не соответствующем реальности; зубы заговаривать, вешать лапшу на уши, наговорить с три короба, пудрить, запудрить мозги, компостировать мозги; напустить радужного тумана;
заморочить, морочить кому-л. голову; задурить кому-л. голову (лестью, посулами, приукрашиванием ситуации), обмануть
~ гнать пургу, гнать лажу (жарг.)
..... The English teacher was trying to find students to help with the publication of the school newspaper. She gave us a snow job about how much fun it would be and how little work it was—in fact, it was very hard work.
..... Richard tried to get Marsha to go out with his friend Don. Richard told Marsha that Don was good-looking, had a great personality and was rich. Richard gave Marsha a snow job, because Don turned out to be none of those things.
sales pitch; con job; song and dance;
pull the wool over sb's eyes

Back in school Jennifer had always known what the nuns wanted to hear; she knew how to give a snow job to a nun. Olivia Goldsmith Insiders, 2001

to snow sb
....easily snowed by her glib talk
It also is possible to snow someone under with words. The idea is to change someone's mind, by making a great many pleasant but false statements or claims. That is a "snow job." A boy may use a "snow job," for example, to try to get a girl to go out with him. The pretty words of his snow job are like the snow flakes that cover the real world around us. However, snow jobs, unlike blizzards, are easily seen through.

For example, Peter tried to give the officer a snow job about an emergency at the hospital but he got a speeding ticket all the same.

– Jerry Frank, English Language Officer Moscow

This slangy expression, originating in the military during World War II, presumably alludes to the idiom snow under.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer
sales pitch; con job; song and dance; pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes