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fresh off the boat

Newly immigrated, especially without having yet assimilated the host country's language, culture, and/or behavior. My grandfather was still fresh off the boat when he opened up his business here in 1820, and he didn't speak a lick of English.
See also: boat, fresh, off

fob (someone or something) off on (someone or something)

1. To convince someone to buy something through some form of deceit. He's a rube, so we can definitely fob this piece of junk off on him.
2. To turn an unwanted person or thing over to someone else. Why are you fobbing Albert off on me? I don't want to spend time with that dullard any more than you do!
See also: fob, off, on

fob (someone or something) off

To evade or dupe someone or avoid some responsibility through some form of deceit. I didn't feel like working in the tutoring center today, so I fobbed my teacher off with the first excuse I could think of.
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fob someone or something off (on or onto someone)

to get rid of someone or something by transferring someone or something to someone. Don't try to fob your girlfriend off on me! He also fobbed off a bad car on Jane. Some car dealers are always trying to fob something off.
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fob off

1. Sell or dispose of goods by fraud or deception, as in They tried to fob off the zircon as a diamond. [c. 1600]
2. Put off or appease by deceitful means, as in We needed her help but were fobbed off by promises. [c. 1600]
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fob off

1. To dispose of something by fraud or deception; palm off: The jeweler fobbed off the zircon as a diamond. The crook fobbed the broken computer off as functional.
2. To put someone off or appease someone by deceit or evasion: He wanted to go on a date, but she fobbed him off with excuses. The landlord fobbed off the tenants' complaints for another month.
See also: fob, off


mod. fresh off the boat; as gullible and trusting as a new immigrant. (Initialism. A play on the initials of Free on Board.) Where did you get those FOB shoes? Blue suede is back?
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Scheduling authorized service interruptions (ASIs) are a key item of which we had to keep FOB and regional Signal Corp leadership informed.
There are not many enquiries for this grade in India, he said, adding that 3,600-3,400 kcal/kg GAR coal was being bought by Indian buyers at about $25/mt FOB levels.
The brigade staff and brigade support battalion (both on FOB Salerno) fell into this category.
Both FOB and Chicosci are under the stable giant label MCA Music.
At least 12 such FOBs and overhead water pipelines need repairs because the BMC hasn t paid the requisite Rs 1.
Getting to FOB Leopard confronts the visitor with a classic third-world conundrum.
I gave the service guy my key and my single key fob, and confirmed that I needed another key fob and floor mats.
The FOB simulates what life in the Middle East will be like during a deployment.
It sealed its December 2008-November 2009 term price at $2 a tonne to Middle East quotes on an FOB basis around November 7, setting the stage for the rest of the suppliers.
By sharing my experiences, I hope to pass on some knowledge to the Infantry XO, S4, and forward operating base (FOB) NCOIC, assuming that they, like me, lack any prior background in the technical issues of FOB logistics and construction in remote areas.
The card or fob gives tenants access to the garage, entrance into the building and access to their office suites.
Clearly, something needed to be done about the condition of this soon-to-be FOB, so the order came down through the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to the 15th Sustainment Brigade to make it happen.
It's called Festival of the Babes, FOB for short, and it's publicized primarily by word of mouth.