palm

1
[ pahm ]
/ pɑm /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

palm off, to dispose of by deception, trickery, or fraud; substitute (something) with intent to deceive: Someone had palmed off a forgery on the museum officials.

Idioms

    grease someone's palm, to bribe: Before any work could begin, it was necessary to grease the superintendent's palm.Also cross someone's palm.

Origin of palm

1
1300–50; < Latin palma (cognate with Old English folm hand); replacing Middle English paume < Middle French < Latin palma
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British Dictionary definitions for palm off (1 of 3)

palm off


verb (tr, adverb often foll by on)

to offer, sell, or spend fraudulentlyto palm off a counterfeit coin
to divert in order to be rid ofI palmed the unwelcome visitor off on John

British Dictionary definitions for palm off (2 of 3)

palm

1
/ (pɑːm) /

noun

verb (tr)

to conceal in or about the hand, as in sleight-of-hand tricks
to touch or soothe with the palm of the hand
See also palm off

Word Origin for palm

C14 paume, via Old French from Latin palma; compare Old English folm palm of the hand, Greek palamē

British Dictionary definitions for palm off (3 of 3)

palm

2
/ (pɑːm) /

noun

any treelike plant of the tropical and subtropical monocotyledonous family Arecaceae (formerly Palmae or Palmaceae), usually having a straight unbranched trunk crowned with large pinnate or palmate leaves
a leaf or branch of any of these trees, a symbol of victory, success, etc
merit or victory
an emblem or insignia representing a leaf or branch worn on certain military decorations

Word Origin for palm

Old English, from Latin palma, from the likeness of its spreading fronds to a hand; see palm 1
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Medicine definitions for palm off

palm

[ päm ]

n.

The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
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Idioms and Phrases with palm off (1 of 2)

palm off


Pass off by deception, substitute with intent to deceive, as in The salesman tried to palm off a zircon as a diamond, or The producer tried to palm her off as a star from the Metropolitan Opera. This expression alludes to concealing something in the palm of one's hand. It replaced the earlier palm on in the early 1800s.

Idioms and Phrases with palm off (2 of 2)

palm


In addition to the idiom beginning with palm

  • palm off

also see:

  • cross someone's palm
  • grease someone's palm
  • itchy palm
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