fob off

verb

Definition of fob off

transitive verb
1 :to put off with a trick, excuse, or inferior substitute
2 :to pass or offer (something spurious) as genuine
3 :to put aside
  • now fob off what once they would have welcomed eagerly
  • —Walter Lippmann

Examples of fob off in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of fob off

1597

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