fob off (2) Informal
Meaning: to try to make someone stop complaining or stop bothering you by telling them something that isn't true, or by giving them an excuse
- After I complained about getting tinned peas, the manager of the restaurant tried to fob me off with some excuse about fresh peas not being in season.
- The workers refused to be fobbed off with a vague promise of bigger bonuses in future if profits improved.
When she took the faulty monitor back, the salesman tried to fob her off with