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fob off

verb

Definition of fob off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put off with a trick, excuse, or inferior substitute

  3. 2 :  to pass or offer (something spurious) as genuine

  4. 3 :  to put aside <now fob off what once they would have welcomed eagerly — Walter Lippmann>



Examples of fob off

  1. <people who try to fob off to charities broken-down furniture that is fit only for the junkyard>



1597

First Known Use of fob off

1597


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