fob off

verb
fobbed off; fobbing off; fobs off

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

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Examples of fob off in a Sentence

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fob off was in 1597

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“Fob off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fobs%20off. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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