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fob1

Syllabification: fob
Pronunciation: /fäb
 
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noun

(also fob chain)
1A chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket.
Example sentences
  • In New York in 1890, the latest pocket watch and fob chain could carry seals the wearer could use to demonstrate their place in society.
  • Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go press my wing-collar shirt and see if my new fob chain for my grandfather's watch fits my waistcoat.
  • Its fob chain, stretched across the workingman's waistcoat, became a new symbol of respectability.
1.1A small ornament attached to a watch chain.
Example sentences
  • There is also a gold-plated brass chain, with a fob of a liberty head penny, with the date 1853 (the year of Hardin's birth).
  • If she turns around, she'll see the silver fob and chain, marked by their daughter's teething.
  • Until the advent of the wristwatch in the twentieth century, men's pocket watches were suspended from a chain with a watch fob at the other end.
1.2 (also fob pocket) A small pocket for carrying a watch.
Example sentences
  • When worn by men, the watch was tucked into the fob pocket.
1.3A tab on a key ring.
Example sentences
  • Priced at US $18, it looks like the key-ring fob that opens your car door and has an illuminated combination dial.
  • Take the SecurID offering for example; I have a fob on my keyring measuring 65x40x19 mm.
  • I just picked up my key fob, pointed it at the Botany Bay, and clicked the LOCK button to see if the car's lights would flash.

Origin

mid 17th century (denoting a fob pocket in a waistband): origin uncertain; probably related to German dialect Fuppe 'pocket'.

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fob2

Syllabification: fob

verb (fobs, fobbing, fobbed)

[with object] (fob someone off)
1Deceitfully attempt to satisfy someone by making excuses or giving them something inferior: secretaries fob off most unwanted callers by saying their boss is in a meeting
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  • After countless phone calls in which she said she was fobbed off with excuses, Mrs Carter was told it would be done by Friday.
  • She is anything but satisfied with the way she has been fobbed off by everyone, including APRA.
  • I spend the next four days trying to speak to Marcia but every time I phone - her Mother fobs me off with excuses.
1.1 (fob something off on) Give (someone) something inferior to or different from what they want: he fobbed off the chairmanship on Clifford
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  • You could tell just by the way they acted; the kid had been fobbed off on them for a while.
  • Rather, it was deliberate policy to ignore those annoying Red Cross reports and fob them off on the legal staff for their amusement.
  • But I suggested fobbing it off on my grandfather, who was old and wouldn't know the difference.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'cheat out of'): origin uncertain; perhaps related to German foppen 'deceive, cheat, banter', or to fop.

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FOB3

Syllabification: FOB

abbreviation

1Forward Operating Base.
2Friend of Bill, a friend of Bill Clinton, especially one of his close circle of advisers and contacts.

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FOB4

Syllabification: FOB

noun

informal , often offensive
A recent immigrant, especially regarded as being unassimilated.

Origin

1960s: from the initial letters of fresh off the boat; compare with off the boat.

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