To fob off
Fob Fob, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fobbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fobbing}.] [Cf.Fop.] [1913 Webster] 1. To beat; to maul. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. To cheat; to trick; to impose on. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To fob off}, to shift off by an artifice; to put aside; to delude with a trick."A conspiracy of bishops could prostrate and fob off the right of the people." --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fob off — verb sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive • Syn: ↑foist off, ↑palm off • Topics: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fob off — verb a) to put off by evasion When I phoned up, I was fobbed off with a string of excuses. b) to fraudulently dispose of goods You must not think to fob off our disgrace ; but, ant please you, deliver. S …   Wiktionary

  • fob off — There are two ways of using this phrasal verb, either with the person or the thing as the object. You can fob someone off with something (or just fob someone off, with no further complement stated), or you can fob something off on someone; in… …   Modern English usage

  • fob off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fob off : present tense I/you/we/they fob off he/she/it fobs off present participle fobbing off past tense fobbed off past participle fobbed off 1) to give someone an answer or explanation that is not true or… …   English dictionary

  • fob off — transitive verb Date: 1597 1. to put off with a trick, excuse, or inferior substitute 2. to pass or offer (something spurious) as genuine 3. to put aside < now fob off what once they would have welcomed eagerly Walter Lippmann > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fob off on someone — fob (something) off on (someone) to trick or persuade someone to take something. Do you think we can fob the children off on Grandma this weekend? This guy fobbed off a fake diamond on me. Related vocabulary: palm off something …   New idioms dictionary

  • fob off on — fob (something) off on (someone) to trick or persuade someone to take something. Do you think we can fob the children off on Grandma this weekend? This guy fobbed off a fake diamond on me. Related vocabulary: palm off something …   New idioms dictionary

  • fob off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To get something false accepted as good or real. * /The peddler fobbed off pieces of glass as diamonds./ Syn.: PALM OFF, PASS OFF. 2. To put aside; not really answer but get rid of. * /Her little brother asked where she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fob off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To get something false accepted as good or real. * /The peddler fobbed off pieces of glass as diamonds./ Syn.: PALM OFF, PASS OFF. 2. To put aside; not really answer but get rid of. * /Her little brother asked where she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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