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.
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It is clear the singer has now become the new poster girl for American decadence and Catholic bashing, which she perversely fobs off to the world as "creative art.
It is clear the singer has now become the new poster girl for American decadence and Catholic bashing which she perversely fobs off to the world as "creative art".
In the video she squirms around half-naked with half-naked guys while abusing Catholic symbols It is clear the singer has now become the new poster girl for American decadence and Catholic bashing which she perversely fobs off to the world as "creative art.
It is clear the singer has now become the new poster girl for American decadence and Catholic-bashing which she perversely fobs off to the world as "creative art".
NAIVELY, I recently suggested that Pop Idol offered the public a unique opportunity to play a vital role in choosing the kind of music we'd like to hear, not what the cynical, greedy industry fobs off on us.
And for once, the great British public were allowed to play a vital role in choosing the kind of music we'd like to hear, not what the cynical, greedy industry fobs off on us.