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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.
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!
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.
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.
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]
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.
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?