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pawn (something) off (on one) (as something else)

To try to get rid of something by giving or selling it to someone under the pretense of it being something else. There are always guys pawning off cheap watches as Rolexes in this part of town. She tried to pawn off the crappy assignment on me as some kind of special challenge.
See also: off, pawn, something

palm someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something)

 and pass someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something); pawn someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something)
Fig. to give someone or something to someone as a gift that appears to be someone or something desirable. (As if the gift had been concealed in one's palm until it was gotten rid of.) Are you trying to palm that annoying client off on me as a hot prospect? Don't palm off that pest on me. Please don't pass that problem off on me as a challenge. Don't pass it off on me! Don't pawn it off on me as something of value.
See also: off, palm

pawn someone or something off

(on someone) (as someone or something) Go to palm someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something).
See also: off, pawn

palm off

Pass off by deception, substitute with intent to deceive, as in The salesman tried to palm off a zircon as a diamond, or The producer tried to palm her off as a star from the Metropolitan Opera. This expression alludes to concealing something in the palm of one's hand. It replaced the earlier palm on in the early 1800s.
See also: off, palm

pawn off

Dispose of by deception, as in They tried to pawn off a rebuilt computer as new. This expression may have originated as a corruption of palm off, although it was also put as pawn upon in the 1700s, when it originated.
See also: off, pawn

palm off

v.
To get rid of or dispose of something by fraud or deception; fob off: The crooked merchant palmed off a lot of fake diamonds before being caught. Someone tried to palm some old coins off on me yesterday, saying they were rare and valuable.
See also: off, palm

pawn off

v.
To get rid of or dispose of something deceptively by misrepresenting its true value: The clerk tried to pawn off the fake gemstone as a diamond. They almost pawned the counterfeit bills off on unsuspecting tourists.
See also: off, pawn
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Partially offsetting this effect is the current trend in pawn loans and cash advance balances, which have shown better than expected growth thus far, leading to an estimate for the full year of 2004 of earnings per share of $1.
Cash America is the largest provider of secured non-recourse loans to individuals, commonly referred to as pawn loans, through 402 locations in 17 states under the brand name Cash America Pawn.
Powell stated, "We are very excited about these acquisitions and believe that pawn shops of this size add significant value to the company.
In fact, pawn customers are law-abiding citizens seeking much-needed short-term cash through collateralized loans.
The pawn industry has a long history of cooperating with law enforcement by providing detailed records to local law enforcement jurisdictions," Feehan said.
online enables pawn and secondhand store operators to enter transaction data each day using a basic PC and an Internet connection.
online, investigators in many jurisdictions had to manually sort through thousands of paper records that were delivered by pawn and secondhand stores.
online, which is rapidly being integrated among Dallas/Fort Worth-area law enforcement agencies, as well as pawn and secondhand stores, is also gaining praise and acceptance by investigators throughout the country.
Van Gundy continued, "As opposed to many other Online Auction companies, which derive revenues primarily from consignment fees and commissions, our Auction Site will generate substantially more revenues from each sale as US Pawn will record gross revenue on the full sale price.
We think that US Pawn is uniquely positioned to benefit from the use of the Internet and Online Auction capabilities.
US Pawn is a publicly traded specialty lender and reseller of value-priced merchandise.