fob (someone or something) off

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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

v.
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
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It seems the top management's good intentions haven't filtered down the organisation, or I wouldn't have heard from women right across the BBC who've been fobbed off, deceived or told they've picked the 'wrong comparator'.
It seems management's good intentions haven't filtered down, or I wouldn't have heard from women right across the BBC who've been fobbed off, deceived or told they've picked the 'wrong comparator'.
Jane, 53, said: "It seems the top management's good intentions haven't filtered down, or I wouldn't have heard from women right across the BBC who have been fobbed off, deceived or told they've picked the 'wrong comparator'.
55PM (Not Scotland, Wales) Robert De Niro in 18thcentury Jesuit mission epic that looks good and sounds better: the music's by Ennio Morricone who was fobbed off with an 'honorary' Oscar.
I just got fobbed off with an apology and a free day saver.
Consumer rights lawyer Dean Dunham, who played a key role in setting up the watchdog, said: "Consumers are losing millions of pounds a year by being fobbed off.
Contact the company but if you get fobbed off, go direct to the insurance company which would have backed the company's work and workmanship.
The estate agent said: "I knew something was wrong but I was fobbed off.
30pm DEV ws on't be fobbed off about how the Rovers' keys ended up in Sunita's hospital ward and Roy's Mr Spock-style logic provides the explanation that he needs.
Have you been fobbed off by the bank sending out back-dated final response letters (back-dated over six months or more) so it makes it difficult or impossible to make a complaint to the Ombudsman?
TOO many victims of card fraud are being fobbed off by banks and card providers who refuse to issue refunds because chip and pin was used in the transaction, the ombudsman service has said.
When Mr Mahmood quizzed Immigration Minister Damien Green about the matter, he was was fobbed off with the excuse that the murder case against Liorancas was ongoing.
I have a few friends who were born on or around Christmas who got rotten gifts as everyone was skint, or were fobbed off with one for both events.
The people of the North East will not be fobbed off again.
I phoned every day this week and was fobbed off with the same answer: someone will be out within 24 hours to collect.