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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

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

When she took the faulty monitor back, the salesman tried to fob her off with
  1. an offer to replace it immediately
  2. a promise to inform the manufacturer
  3. a full refund

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