fob sb off with sth


fob sb off with sth
UK US fob sb off (with sth)
Phrasal Verb with fob({{}}/fɒb/ verb INFORMAL
to persuade someone to accept something that is of a low quality, or different to what they really wanted: »

The bank delayed on his compensation claim for eight years while attempting to fob him off with much smaller sums.

to try to stop someone from complaining or asking questions by telling them something that is not true, or giving them an excuse: »

When you go back to a shop with faulty goods, don't be fobbed off with claims that it's the manufacturers' responsibility.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • fob sb off — UK US fob sb off (with sth) Phrasal Verb with fob({{}}/fɒb/ verb INFORMAL ► to persuade someone to accept something that is of a low quality, or different to what they really wanted: »The bank delayed on his compensation claim for eight years… …   Financial and business terms

  • fob — 1 verb fobbing, fobbed fob sb off phrasal verb (T) 1 to try to stop someone complaining or asking questions by giving them explanations, excuses etc that are obviously untrue : fob sb off with: He tried to fob her off with some story about losing …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fob sth off on sb — UK US fob sth off on sb Phrasal Verb with fob({{}}/fɒb/ verb INFORMAL ► to make someone buy or accept something that is not of a good quality or not what they really wanted: »Discounts should not mean that shops can fob off faulty goods on… …   Financial and business terms

  • palm something off — FOIST, fob off, get rid of, dispose of, unload. → palm * * * sell or dispose of something by misrepresentation or fraud they palmed off their shoddiest products on the Russians * * * ˌpalm sthˈoff (on/onto sb) | ˌpalm sbˈoff (with sth) derived… …   Useful english dictionary