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fob 1

 (fŏb)
n.
1. A small pocket at the front waistline of a pair of trousers or in the front of a vest, used especially to hold a watch.
2.
a. A short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch and worn hanging in front of the vest or waist.
b. An ornament or seal attached to such a chain or ribbon.
3. A key fob.

[Probably akin to Low German Fobke, small pocket.]

fob 2

 (fŏb)
tr.v. fobbed, fob·bing, fobs Archaic
To cheat or deceive (another).
Phrasal Verb:
fob off
1. To dispose of (goods) by fraud or deception; palm off: fobbed off the zircon as a diamond.
2. To put off or appease by deceitful or evasive means: needed help but was fobbed off with promises.

[Middle English fobben, probably from fob, trickster.]

FOB

abbr.
1. father of the bride
2. free on board

fob off

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to appease or trick (a person) with lies or excuses
2. to dispose of (goods) by trickery
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fob off - sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"

fob off

verb
To offer or put into circulation (an inferior or spurious item):
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