pawn off(redirected from pawn upon)
pawn (something) off (on one) (as something else)
To try to get rid of something by giving or selling it to someone under the pretense of it being something else. There are always guys pawning off cheap watches as Rolexes in this part of town. She tried to pawn off the crappy assignment on me as some kind of special challenge.
pawn someone or something off
(on someone) (as someone or something) Go to palm someone or something off (on someone) (as someone or something).
Dispose of by deception, as in They tried to pawn off a rebuilt computer as new. This expression may have originated as a corruption of palm off, although it was also put as pawn upon in the 1700s, when it originated.
To get rid of or dispose of something deceptively by misrepresenting its true value: The clerk tried to pawn off the fake gemstone as a diamond. They almost pawned the counterfeit bills off on unsuspecting tourists.