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- (transitive, obsolete) To put off by trickery; to cheat.
- c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- A hundred mark is a long score for a poor lone woman to bear : and I have borne, and borne, and borne ; and have been fubbed off, and fubbed off, and fubbed off, from this day to that day, that it is a shame to be thought on.
- (obsolete) To steal.
Compare fob (“a pocket”).
fub (plural fubs)
- (obsolete) A plump young person or child.
- phub (“to ignore due to activity on one's cellphone”)