fob someone or something off

Definition of fob someone or something off


  1. :  to give someone or something not wanted to someone else :  to palm off someone or something —often + on The child's father was always fobbing her off on relatives and babysitters.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  deceive, cheat

  1. :  watch pocket

    :  a short strap, ribbon, or chain attached especially to a pocket watch

    :  an ornament attached to a fob chain

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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