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English definition of “fob sb off”

fob sb off

(also fob sth off on sb) UK phrasal verb with fob     /fɒb/ US  /fɑːb/ verb (-bb-)
to persuade someone to accept something that is of a low quality or different from what they really wanted : Well, he wants the report ready by tomorrow but I can always fob him off with some excuse .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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