a small pocket just below the waistline in pants, designed for a watch, keys, change, etc.: Compare watch pocket.
a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
the medallion or ornament itself.
Other definitions for fob (2 of 3)
Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
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.
to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.
Other definitions for f.o.b. (3 of 3)
free on board: without charge to the buyer for goods placed on board a carrier at the point of shipment: automobiles shipped f.o.b. Detroit.
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How to use fob in a sentence
The plastic charging case checks in at roughly the same size as a car key fob.Skullcandy Dime earphones review: These wireless earbuds are a sweet deal | Billy Cadden | June 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
For those who can’t or don’t want to use a smartphone app, the government also offers TraceTogether tokens, small digital fobs that serve the same purpose.Broken promises: How Singapore lost trust on contact tracing privacy | Bobbie Johnson | January 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
An over-the-air software update is being pushed to the key fobs, they said, which will better lock them down.
They noted that the software in Tesla’s key fobs could be updated without an additional layer of security that would verify its authenticity.
After that, they pushed out a software update to the key fobs that would “acquire a valid unlock message” so they could unlock the car later, Wouters said.
On the valley floor outside the windows of the house are the remnants of fob Michigan, turned over to the Afghan Army in 2011.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The entire remaining Iraqi Army force remained holed up at fob Speicher, north of Tikrit.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight | Andrew Slater | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
McConnell can presumably fob this off on his Beltway-brained consultants.
Jan continued to come and go as he pleased at fob Delhi, free to carry weapons and to consort with his “tea boys.”Why Was Firefighter-Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler Betrayed? | Michael Daly | November 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Goolsbee is an fob from Chicago; Summers is a Clintonite who parachuted in after Obama won the nomination.
Certain, replied the man, drawing a gold watch from his fob; I expected him here before now.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
When the ten minutes had elapsed, Mr John Forster took his watch from the table, replaced it in his fob, and rose from his chair.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
He very calmly drew his watch from his fob-pocket and with the seal attached to it, passed it up to the judge.
A very simple one is made as follows: First make a drawing of the fob with some suitable pendant as at A, Plate 46.Copper Work | Augustus F. Rose
So he crammed a great silver watch into his fob, and drew on a patchwork morning-gown of an ancient fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for fob (1 of 4)
a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
any ornament hung on such a chain
a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
British Dictionary definitions for fob (2 of 4)
an archaic word for cheat
British Dictionary definitions for fob (3 of 4)
NZ slang a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
British Dictionary definitions for f.o.b. (4 of 4)
free on board
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