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[fob] /fɒb/
verb (used with object), fobbed, fobbing.
1.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
Verb phrases
2.
fob off,
  1. 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.
  2. to put (someone) off by deception or trickery:
    She fobbed us off with false promises.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English fobben; cognate with German foppen to delude; cf. fob1
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British Dictionary definitions for fob off

fob off

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to appease or trick (a person) with lies or excuses
2.
to dispose of (goods) by trickery

fob1

/fɒb/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

fob2

/fɒb/
verb fobs, fobbing, fobbed
1.
an archaic word for cheat
Word Origin
C15: probably from German foppen to trick

fob3

/fɒb/
noun
1.
(NZ, slang) a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
Word Origin
C20: from f(resh) o(ff) (the) b(oat)
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Word Origin and History for fob off

fob

n.

1650s, "small pocket for valuables," probably related to Low German fobke "pocket," High German fuppe "pocket," "a dialectal word used in Livonia" [Klein]. Meaning "chain attached to a watch carried in the fob" is from 1885.

v.

"to cheat," late 14c., from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (late 14c.), perhaps from Old French forbe "cheat" [OED]. Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to German foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from German fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily," which would connect it to fob (n.). To fob (someone) off is first recorded 1590s. Related: Fobbed; fobbing.

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Related Abbreviations for fob off

FOB

  1. father of the bride
  2. foreign body
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Idioms and Phrases with fob off

fob off

.
Sell or dispose of goods by fraud or deception, as in They tried to fob off the zircon as a diamond. [ c. 1600 ]
.
Put off or appease by deceitful means, as in We needed her help but were fobbed off by promises. [ c. 1600 ]
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