Contrary to the picture above, today’s idiom has nothing to do with shopping!
In addition to its literal meaning of ❛to purchase❜, the English phrase to buy something also means ❛to believe something❜. Most often, it is used in the negative form as in not to buy something or ❛not to believe something❜. Look at these sample sentences to see this expression in use:
1. She says that she couldn’t come to the party because she is ill, but I don’t buy it.
2. I don’t buy politicans’ promises anymore.
3. I don’t buy that excuse for being late.
Since we are constantly confronted with statements and situations that we may or may not believe, the phrase to buy something is a useful addition to your list of English idioms.
Do you buy the following quote? Why or why not? Could you say that you partly or partially buy it?
It’s choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.
-Jean Nidetch, Founder of Weight Watchers