2 [fob]
verb (used with object), fobbed, fobbing.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
Verb phrases
fob off,
to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on ): He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.

1350–1400; Middle English fobben; cognate with German foppen to delude; cf. fob1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fob1 (fɒb)
1.  a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
2.  any ornament hung on such a chain
3.  a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
4.  a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
[C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket]

fob2 (fɒb)
vb , fobs, fobbing, fobbed
an archaic word for cheat
[C15: probably from German foppen to trick]

fob3 (fɒb)
slang (NZ) a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
[C20: from f(resh) o(ff) (the) b(oat)]

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Word Origin & History

1653, "small pocket for valuables," probably related to Low Ger. fobke "pocket," High Ger. fuppe "pocket." Meaning "chain attached to a watch carried in the fob" is from 1885.

"to cheat," 1583, from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (1393), perhaps from O.Fr. forbe "cheat." Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to Ger. foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from Ger. fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily,"
which would connect it to fob (n.). To fob (someone) off is first recorded 1597.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. father of the bride

  2. foreign body

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