fob off

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fob off

  1. 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.
    • Milton
      A conspiracy of bishops could prostrate and fob off the right of the people.
  2. 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.