Entry from US English dictionary
1 (also fob chain) A chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket.
- 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.
- 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.
1.3A tab on a key ring.
- 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.
mid 17th century (denoting a fob pocket in a waistband): origin uncertain; probably related to German dialect Fuppe 'pocket'.
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.
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.