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be fobbed off
To be placated due to someone's lies, misinformation, or empty promises. If the money isn't your account by now, don't be fobbed off by claims that they'll refund you. They're just trying to get you to go away.
slang An acronym for "fresh off the boat," referring to someone who has only recently immigrated to the country, especially without having yet assimilated the host country's language, culture, or behavior. Sometimes considered offensive. My parents were FOBs who barely spoke a word of English when they arrived here, but thankfully there is a very robust South Korean community in the city, which really helped them adapt to life in Toronto.
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!
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.
slang Broken, stilted, or basic English spoken by a non-native speaker, especially someone who has only recently immigrated. A portmanteau of the acronym "FOB" (fresh off the boat, referring to a recent immigrant) and "English." Sometimes considered offensive. Primarily heard in US. My parents were only able to speak a bit of FOBlish when they first moved to this country and started their own business, yet they managed to make it into one of the most successful local businesses around. I'm so sick of all these foreigners coming in speaking nothing but FOBlish and taking away our jobs!
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
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.
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?
n. rudimentary English; English spoken by someone who is FOB = fresh off the boat. I can’t understand your FOBlish! Let me speak to your supervisor.
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