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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fob
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
fob watch
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Confronted in his domestic environment, he would find it more difficult to fob her off.
▪ Convention demanded that a woman must skirt around the truth, fobbing off a man while leading him on.
▪ Gavin repeatedly tried to fob them off and one family has still not been paid.
▪ I hoped the Hall Brothers were not going to try to fob us off by paying us in kind.
▪ It was impossible to fob her off with vague statements - and perhaps unwise.
▪ Madame Weill, a tiny woman in a tailored suit, tried to fob the policeman off.
▪ She tried to fob him off tactfully at first, but then he became brutal.
▪ They were instructed to fob them off with promises in order to get them back to work as quickly as possible.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
watch
▪ In the hushed surroundings of a smart restaurant, Boon fiddles enigmatically with a fob watch on a neck chain.
▪ Catherine opened her coat and looked at her fob watch.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fob

Fob \Fob\ (f[o^]b), n. [Cf. Prov. G. fuppe pocket.]

  1. A little pocket for a watch; -- callled also a watch pocket.

  2. a short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch, usually worn hanging out of the watch pocket, and used to conveniently remove the watch from the watch pocket.

    Fob chain, a short watch chain worn with a watch carried in the fob; a fob[2].

Fob

Fob \Fob\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fobbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Fobbing.] [Cf.Fop.]

  1. To beat; to maul. [Obs.]

  2. To cheat; to trick; to impose on.
    --Shak.

    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."
    --Milton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
fob

1650s, "men's small waist pocket for valuables," of uncertain origin, probably related to Low German fobke "pocket," High German fuppe "pocket," "a dialectal word used in Livonia" [Klein]. Meaning "chain or ornament attached to a watch carried in the fob" is by 1888, shortened from fob chain.

fob

"to cheat," late 14c., from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (late 14c.), which perhaps is from Old French forbeter "to deceive, trick, dupe." Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to German foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from German fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily," which would connect it to fob (n.).\n

\nMeaning "to put or shift off (something) by pretense" is from 1650s; to fob (someone) off "put him off deceitfully" is from 1590s. Related: Fobbed; fobbing.

Wiktionary
fob

Etymology 1 n. 1 A little pocket near the waistline of a pair of trousers or in a waistcoat or vest to hold a pocketwatch; a watch pocket. 2 A short chain or ribbon to connect such a pocket to the watch. 3 A small ornament attached to such a chain. (See Usage Notes below) 4 A hand-held remote control device used to lock/unlock motor cars etc. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (context transitive archaic English) To cheat, to trick, to take in, to impose upon someone. 2 (context transitive archaic English) To beat; to maul. vb. 1 (context transitive archaic English) To cheat, to trick, to take in, to impose upon someone. 2 (context transitive archaic English) To beat; to maul.

WordNet
fob
  1. n. a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch [syn: watch pocket]

  2. an adornment that hangs from a watch chain

  3. short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest [syn: watch chain, watch guard]

  4. [also: fobbing, fobbed]

fob
  1. v. deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week" [syn: trick, fox, pull a fast one on, play a trick on]

  2. [also: fobbing, fobbed]

Wikipedia
Fob

Fob or FOB may refer to:

FOB (shipping)

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FOB (play)

FOB is a 1980 Obie Award-winning play by American playwright David Henry Hwang. Hwang's first play, it depicts the contrasts and conflicts between established Asian Americans and " fresh off the boat" (FOB) newcomer immigrants.

Usage examples of "fob".

He noted that Barton Badging was a prim-looking gentleman who wore gold-coin cufflinks, a tie pin fashioned from a coin, and had a gold-coin watch fob dangling from a heavy gold chain stretched across his vest.

I was so pleased with what she told me that when I took leave of the company I embraced the hairdresser, and drawing a handsome gold watch from my fob I begged him to accept it as a souvenir of me.

Albert Popjoy with him as he took his watch from his fob pocket and clicked it open, examining its face briefly.

And that smoochy kind of voice, like a priest or a teacher fobbing off advice on you.

He pulled a large handkerchief from the waist of his breeks and wiped the object carefully, bringing to light the gleam of silver links and a small round fob, bearing some kind of seal.

Sebastian snapped the watchcase closed and slid it back into his fob pocket, checking in the mirror over the mantel that his demimask was affixed correctly and the soft hat covered his hair.

He is dressed in the manner one might expect from a small businessman of the respectable middle classes and wears a plain woollen weskit without a fob and chain strung across his belly.

We all carry a spare yarmulka or two in our fobs at funerals, so as Gentiles can wear them.

I was so pleased with what she told me that when I took leave of the company I embraced the hairdresser, and drawing a handsome gold watch from my fob I begged him to accept it as a souvenir of me.

Cartwright went to the green Chatwood steel door of the vault and drew his watch chain from his fob pocket with the key dangling on the end of it.

The heroin, the cut coke, the Temazepam, the dihydrocodeine he had always refused, fobbing them off with small purchases of dope.

The wealth of the whole of London seemed to be floating down towards the Easterlies in a glittering, prismatic rain of borrowed scarves, pocketed fruit, dropped fob watches, flighty fans and fine ebony canes.

Throughout the last quarter of the 1900s they provided a lot of behind-the-scenes backing for moves to fob the Third World off with ‘appropriate technologies,’ for various antiprogress, antiscience lobbies, and that kind of thing.

Throughout the last quarter of the 1900s they provided a lot of behind-the-scenes backing for moves to fob the Third World off with 'appropriate technologies,' for various antiprogress, antiscience lobbies, and that kind of thing.

I shall have to discover what tale he's fobbed my wife off with, or I shall be bowled out.