There are 4 definitions of FOB in English:

FOB1

Syllabification: FOB

Entry from US English dictionary

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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Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: niːˈɒt(ə)ni
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal

There are 4 definitions of FOB in English:

FOB2

Syllabification: FOB

Entry from US English dictionary

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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Pronunciation: /fɒb
 
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noun

1 (also fob chain) A chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • When worn by men, the watch was tucked into the fob pocket.
1.3A tab on a key ring.
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  • 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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Pronunciation: /fɒb
 
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verb (fobs, fobbing, fobbed)

[with object] (fob someone off)
1Deceitfully attempt to satisfy someone by making excuses or giving them something inferior: I was fobbed off with bland reassurances
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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.
Synonyms
put off, stall, give someone the runaround, deceive; placate, appease; deter, discourage, daunt, scare off, intimidate, unnerve
1.1 (fob something off on) Give (someone) something inferior to or different from what they want: the second-rate products fobbed off on many beer-drinkers
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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.
Synonyms
impose, palm off, unload, dump, get rid of, foist, offload, inflict, thrust; saddle someone with something, land someone with something, lumber someone with something, burden someone with something

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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