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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

fob

\FOB\ , noun;
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.
verb:
1.
To cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior.
2.
To put (someone) off by deception or trickery.
Quotes:
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:
Fob most likely derives from the Germanic fopke, "pocket."
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