- to put off by evasion
- When I phoned up, I was fobbed off with a string of excuses.
- 1608, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, i, 1:
- You must not think to fob off our disgrace ; but, an't please you, deliver.
- A conspiracy of bishops could prostrate and fob off the right of the people.
- to fraudulently dispose of goods
- He fobbed off the forgery as genuine.
- 1897 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, eds., v 2 p 2146.