To be fobbed out of my rent and twenty-five dollars into the bargain!
She fobbed me off with a half-promise in the end; but I wasn't satisfied.
It was calm and hot, and seeing he would not be fobbed off, we started.
It is not enough to secure a lodging in the attic; you must not be fobbed off with a front attic that faces the street.
This embassy had been at first fobbed off, but finally the regalia were sent him in token of full recognition of his authority.
His powers of enjoyment are not "fobbed with the rusty curb of old Father Antic, the law."
1650s, "small pocket for valuables," probably related to Low German fobke "pocket," High German fuppe "pocket," "a dialectal word used in Livonia" [Klein]. Meaning "chain attached to a watch carried in the fob" is from 1885.
"to cheat," late 14c., from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (late 14c.), perhaps from Old French forbe "cheat" [OED]. Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to German foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from German fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily," which would connect it to fob (n.). To fob (someone) off is first recorded 1590s. Related: Fobbed; fobbing.