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
He or she, with lazy, vague, and windy legislation, fobs the lawmaking off on somebody we elect to execute laws.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw | P. J. O’Rourke | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the consequences of putting the new FOBs—Friends of Barack—in our most desirable embassies is hard to calculate.
Pox take the Tailors for making the Fobs so deep and narrow!The Beggar's Opera | John Gay
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
Fobs of gold seals, &c., were worn, and eye-glasses attached to a black ribbon is a noticeable feature.Dress design | Talbot Hughes
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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