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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 off

1. To evade or dupe someone or avoid some responsibility through some form of deceit. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fob" and "off." 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.
2. To attempt to sell, dispose of, or pass off something through fraudulent or deceptive means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fob" and "off." He's been fobbing off cheap watches as Rolexes out on the street. It turns out the student had purchased a pre-written essay online and tried to fob it off on his professor.
See also: fob, off

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: fob, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: fob, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


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?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The automotive company said it has started to release an over-the-air update which is going to allow certain owners to update their fobs from inside their vehicles within two minutes.
FOB West fired four warning shots to freeze the fleeing illegal miners, who realized that they had been rendered powerless, after the team had seized their pump-action gun.
In addition to the procedures performed in the SPDT group, FOB in the FPDT group was inserted through the small hole in the cap of the catheter mounted on the ET by an expert physician who had experience of using FOB.
Concurrent with the cable and wire mission, a 198th ESB Network Engineering team was creating a data stack for deployment to the FOB. The data stack consisted of all the networking equipment, file storage and computing power required to locally provide file, voice, e-mail and print services on site.
Panamax cargoes of 4,200 kcal/kg GAR coal are being offered at about $38/mt FOB but deals could be concluded at not lower than $37.80/mt FOB, a fourth Indonesia-based trader said.
All major tenants on FOB Salerno (such as 4th Brigade Combat Team task forces, Special Operations Command elements, other government agency partners, and other military units) comprised this category.
They added, "We admire Patrick Stump's open-mindedness to different forms of music and incorporating them to the FOB context.
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Today's key fobs can be generally subdivided into two different functional categories.
398.00 + 1.00 Oct 10 unq Oct 10 398.00 unch Nov-Dec 10 383.00 + 3.00 Nov-Dec 10 400.00 + 2.00 Jan-Mar 11 380.00 + 2.00 Jan-Mar 10 396.00 + 2.00 Apr-Sep 11 358.00 + 2.00 May-Sep 11 367.00 + 2.00 Oct-Dec 11 374.00 + 2.00 Soy Pellets, 49% max 3.5% Soybean Hull/Husk Pellets fibre, 13.5 % moisture any Origin, (Euro/metric ton) FOB Rotterdam/Amsterdam Fob Rotterdam/Amsterdam Oct 10 405.00 + 2.00 Nov 10 164.00 unch Nov 10 407.00 + 2.00 Nov-Jan 11 405.00 + 2.00 Nov-Apr 11 406.00 unch May-Jul 11 386.00 + 1.00 May-Oct 11 384.00 + 2.00 Afl:= Afloat unch = unchanged unq = unquoted
Glencore took two parcels, each for November and December at premiums of about $4.00-$5.00 a ton FOB, while Gunvor bought a cargo for December at around $6.50 a ton FOB.
Recognizing this difficulty inherent in establishing chemical identity between biological drugs, Congress opted to require that FOBs be "biosimilar" to the reference product, instead of "identical." An FOB application must demonstrate biosimilarity between the FOB and the reference product through data derived from analytical, animal and clinical studies.
Getting called a FOB ("fresh off the boat") used to be the ultimate put-down for Asian Americans.
The WR sent them a reminder to repair the Santacruz FOB on Friday.