fob off


fob off
fob off
There are two ways of using this phrasal verb, either with the person or the thing as the object. You can fob someone off with something (or just fob someone off, with no further complement stated), or you can fob something off on someone; in both cases someone is deceived into accepting something inferior or unwelcome. The first construction seems to be more common:

• She tried to fob him off tactfully at first, but then he became brutal —D. M. Thomas, 1990

• Do not allow yourself to be fobbed off without getting the information you need —G. Brandreth et al., 1992

• There is no ‘mass audience’ of uncritical couch potatoes ready to be fobbed off with any old rubbish —East Anglian Daily Times, 1993

• We all know when we return we have to take a drop in salary and pay higher taxation but these agencies were fobbing me off with junior positions —Sunday Times, 2000

• (on construction) Aghast at the roll-call of drunks, adulterers and pederasts that Central Office had fobbed off upon him, [etc.] —J. Paxman, 1990

We no longer hear much about one of the worst wines ever fobbed off on us by the FrenchSun, 2006.

The act of deceit is a fobbing-off, with the occasional plural fobbings-off:

• We are also aware of other children in the borough in a similar position, and have had first-hand accounts of delays, fobbings-off, and ‘dumping’ in unsuitable nurseries —Guardian, 1997.


Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

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  • fob off — v. (colloq.) 1) (D; tr.) ( to get rid of by deceit ) to fob off on (to fob off cheap merchandise on customers) 2) (BE) (D; tr.) ( to deceive ) to fob off with (to fob off customers with cheap merchandise) * * * [ fɒb ɒf] (colloq.) (D; tr.) ( to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • fob off — verb sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive • Syn: ↑foist off, ↑palm off • Topics: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fob off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fob off : present tense I/you/we/they fob off he/she/it fobs off present participle fobbing off past tense fobbed off past participle fobbed off 1) to give someone an answer or explanation that is not true or… …   English dictionary

  • fob off — verb a) to put off by evasion When I phoned up, I was fobbed off with a string of excuses. b) to fraudulently dispose of goods You must not think to fob off our disgrace ; but, ant please you, deliver. S …   Wiktionary

  • fob off — transitive verb Date: 1597 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 > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fob off on — fob (something) off on (someone) to trick or persuade someone to take something. Do you think we can fob the children off on Grandma this weekend? This guy fobbed off a fake diamond on me. Related vocabulary: palm off something …   New idioms dictionary

  • fob off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To get something false accepted as good or real. * /The peddler fobbed off pieces of glass as diamonds./ Syn.: PALM OFF, PASS OFF. 2. To put aside; not really answer but get rid of. * /Her little brother asked where she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fob off — {v.}, {informal} 1. To get something false accepted as good or real. * /The peddler fobbed off pieces of glass as diamonds./ Syn.: PALM OFF, PASS OFF. 2. To put aside; not really answer but get rid of. * /Her little brother asked where she was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fob\ off — v informal 1. To get something false accepted as good or real. The peddler fobbed off pieces of glass as diamonds. Syn.: palm off, pass off 2. To put aside; not really answer but get rid of. Her little brother asked where she was going, but she… …   Словарь американских идиом


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