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fob1

[fob] /fɒb/
noun
1.
a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.
Compare watch pocket.
2.
a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
3.
the medallion or ornament itself.
Origin of fob1
German dialect
1645-1655
1645-55; origin uncertain; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

fob2

[fob] /fɒb/
verb (used with object), fobbed, fobbing.
1.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
Verb phrases
2.
fob off,
  1. to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on):
    He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
  2. to put (someone) off by deception or trickery:
    She fobbed us off with false promises.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English fobben; cognate with German foppen to delude; cf. fob1
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Examples from the Web for FOBS
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Historical Examples
  • Pox take the Tailors for making the FOBS so deep and narrow!

  • But so far from sleep was I, that I could hear their watches ticking in their FOBS.

  • FOBS: small pockets in the waistband of trousers to receive a watch.

    Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift
  • There were two pockets which we could not enter: these he called his FOBS.

    Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift
  • He passed on to his FOBS, explored the first, returned to the second.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • They divine purses in pockets, they scent out watches in FOBS.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Don't our liners fetch over, every trip, fellers that cut and run from England, with their FOBS filled with other men's money?

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • My friend, Jack-boots, now pulls out a bull's-eye watch with two FOBS, and tells the time with a sort of sulky satisfaction.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • He wore bits and stirrups as pins and FOBS, owned a few horses, and "talked horse" continually.

    Bred In The Bone Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for FOBS

fob1

/fɒb/
noun
1.
a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
2.
any ornament hung on such a chain
3.
a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
4.
a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
Word Origin
C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

fob2

/fɒb/
verb fobs, fobbing, fobbed
1.
an archaic word for cheat
Word Origin
C15: probably from German foppen to trick

fob3

/fɒb/
noun
1.
(NZ, slang) a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
Word Origin
C20: from f(resh) o(ff) (the) b(oat)
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Word Origin and History for FOBS

fob

n.

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.

fob

v.

"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.

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