palm off


palmed off; palming off; palms off

transitive verb

: to dispose of usually by trickery or guile
: pass off sense 2
palming himself off as a ministerToni Morrison

Examples of palm off in a Sentence

please stop trying to palm off your leftovers onto me
Recent Examples on the Web And there’s an art to delegating, without seemingly palming off work to your team. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2023 Giannoli’s narrator lays out press performance in Balzacian details that sound absolutely contemporary: News, debate, and ideas had become goods to palm off on subscribers. Armond White, National Review, 10 June 2022 However, in spite of this price increase and attempts to palm off blame, there is hardly any middle-class anger even resembling that which existed during the last years of the UPA. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, 21 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of palm off was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Palm off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

palm off

: to get rid of or pass on (as something fake, useless, or of poor quality) in a dishonest way
palmed off fake antiques on unsuspecting customers

Legal Definition

palm off

transitive verb
: to sell or attempt to sell (a product) by inducing buyers to believe that one's product is actually the product of another
specifically : to attempt to sell (a product) under another's trademark or trade name

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