To fob off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To fob off to shift off by an artifice; to put aside; to delude with a trick."A conspiracy of bishops could prostrate and fob off the right of the people."
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Usage

In literature:

Enjolras never took his eyes off of him: he allowed a minute to pass, then he replaced his watch in his fob.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Was there ever, I wonder, an historian so pure as not to have wished just once to fob off on his readers just one bright fable for effect?
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
This time he was not to be fobbed off with bluster and posturing.
"Denzil Quarrier" by George Gissing
It is not enough to secure a lodging in the attic; you must not be fobbed off with a front attic that faces the street.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Collins lived in a more reticent century, and attempted to fob off a disease on us as an accomplishment.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
He removes it carefully off a leather fob with a gilt acorn on it and hands it slowly to Ben.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
But the persistent Harold was not to be fobbed off.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
At first I had tried to fob him off by speaking of "some girl in the City," but that had been useless.
"In Accordance with the Evidence" by Oliver Onions
Vain, too, was his attempt to fob off his rebellious subordinate with the reluctance of the King.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
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