free on board


adverb, adjective

Origin of free on board

First recorded in 1920–25


or F.O.B.


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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abbreviation for

free on board

free on board


(of a shipment of goods) delivered on board ship or other carrier without charge to the buyerAbbreviation: FOB, f.o.b. Compare free alongside ship
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