fob off (1)

INFORMAL

Meaning: to give someone something of low quality or little value

For example:

  • fob sb off with sth He knows a lot about jade, so there's no way they can fob him off with some worthless white stone.

  • be fobbed off with sth I wasn't going to be fobbed off with some sort of cheap copy.

Quick Quiz:

A guy selling jewellery tried to fob me off with

a. some beautiful diamonds

b. a genuine emerald ring

c. a string of false pearls

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