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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Definitions for fob

  1. A short chain, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, worn hanging from a pocket.
  2. A small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.
  3. To cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior.

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Citations for fob
Out of the right fob hung a great silver chain, with a wonderful kind of engine at the bottom. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
The father had bought the bridegroom a fob watch as a gift. Sholem Aleichem, Aliza Shevrin, Tevye the Dairyman: And, Motl the Cantor's Son
Origin of fob
German dialect
1645-1655
Fob most likely derives from the Germanic fopke, "pocket."