palm off

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palm 1

a. The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
b. The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
2. A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
3. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
4. Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
5. Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
6. The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
tr.v. palmed, palm·ing, palms
a. To hold in the palm of the hand.
b. To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
2. To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
3. To pick up furtively.
4. Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
Phrasal Verb:
palm off
To dispose of or pass off by deception.
an itchy palm
A strong desire for money, especially bribes.

[Middle English paume, from Old French, from Latin palma, palm tree, palm of the hand; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

palm′ful′ n.

palm 2

1. Any of numerous chiefly tropical evergreen trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the family Arecaceae (or Palmae), characteristically having an unbranched trunk with a crown of large pinnate or palmate leaves having conspicuous parallel venation.
2. A leaf of a palm tree, regarded as an emblem of victory, success, or joy.
3. A small metallic representation of a palm leaf added to a military decoration that has been awarded more than one time.

[Middle English, from Old English and from Old French palme, both from Latin palma, palm of the hand, palm tree (from the shape of the tree's fronds); see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

palm off

1. to offer, sell, or spend fraudulently: to palm off a counterfeit coin.
2. to divert in order to be rid of: I palmed the unwelcome visitor off on John.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.palm 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"

palm off

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

w>palm off

vt sep (inf) rubbish, goodsandrehen (on(to) sb jdm) (inf); person (with explanation) → abspeisen (inf); they palmed him off on mesie haben ihn mir aufgehalst (inf)
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I s'posed, of course, Aurelia would send us the one we asked for, but it's just like her to palm off that wild young one on somebody else.
Fortunately, it's been years since any circus tried to palm off beaten-down animals on the Scottish public, so it should be easy for our Government to make a ban official.
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Heads of state have also shown that they would rather palm off the problem to external sources for assistance rather than listening to their own experts.
But it's Labour's attempts to palm off their relationship with Flowers as merely a smear campaign by the Tories that's making them look really shifty.
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I am being targeted because of the arms lobby which started feeling that they cannot bribe people and palm off equipment that is not worth it.