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verb (tr, adverb)

to appease or trick (a person) with lies or excuses
to dispose of (goods) by trickery

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Idioms and Phrases with fob off

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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