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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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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.
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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  • To fob someone off meant ‘to cheat, deceive’ in medieval days. Although the origin is uncertain, it may be related to German foppen ‘deceive, cheat, banter’, or to fop (Late Middle English) originally used to mean a fool. In the mid 17th century a fob was a small pocket in the waistband of a pair of breeches, for carrying a watch or other valuables. The use of the word to mean a chain attached to a watch developed from this. Again the origin is uncertain, but there may be a link with the earlier English verb, or there could be a connection with the idea of ‘deceive’, because the pocket was ‘secret’.

Words that rhyme with fob

blob, bob, cob, dob, glob, gob, hob, job, knob, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, throb, yob

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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;
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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  • To fob someone off meant ‘to cheat, deceive’ in medieval days. Although the origin is uncertain, it may be related to German foppen ‘deceive, cheat, banter’, or to fop (Late Middle English) originally used to mean a fool. In the mid 17th century a fob was a small pocket in the waistband of a pair of breeches, for carrying a watch or other valuables. The use of the word to mean a chain attached to a watch developed from this. Again the origin is uncertain, but there may be a link with the earlier English verb, or there could be a connection with the idea of ‘deceive’, because the pocket was ‘secret’.

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