Main definitions of fob in English

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fob1

noun

  • 1A 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.’
    • ‘Then he fiddled with his watch fob, and without looking up said, ‘And our other matter was dealt with satisfactorily?’’
    • ‘He always wore a dark blue pinstriped suit, waistcoat with a gold fob, a red carnation, a trilby, and an umbrella.’
    • ‘Its fob chain, stretched across the workingman's waistcoat, became a new symbol of respectability.’
    • ‘Women favored these watch chatelaines while men preferred fobs by which to pull the watch from the pocket.’
    • ‘Courtwright's hammer snagged on Short's watch fob chain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The jewelry included watch fobs, shirt studs, earrings, brooches, pins, bracelets, and crucifixes, carved with appropriate images of oak leaves and acorns.’
    • ‘Instead, the investigator turned out to be a grave young man attired in a three-piece suit with Edwardian collar and gold watch fob.’
    • ‘It needed a lot of work on the mechanism (it'd stopped winding) and a new loop made for a fob chain.’
    • ‘We bloggers are not sketching evil cackling capitalists with top hats and watch fobs.’
    • ‘There, stepping from his car in the shadow of the castle, is Christopher Lee, still imperious at 82 with his gold fob and frock coat.’
    • ‘He pressed the crown of the handsome - and expensive - watch attached to the fob and squinted at the golden hands sweeping about its painted ivory face.’
    • ‘The trinkets were attached to the exposed end of the fob.’
    • ‘He carried it now, attached to the fob of his watch.’
    • ‘It was a silver fob, about six inches long, with a key ring at one end.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he said he never could wear a pocket watch and fob - fashionable at the time - because they got in the way of his arm.’
    1. 1.1 A small ornament attached to a watch chain.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
    2. 1.2 A small pocket for carrying a watch.
      • ‘When worn by men, the watch was tucked into the fob pocket.’
    3. 1.3 A tab on a key ring.
      • ‘On two occasions teething toddlers chewing on key fobs have swallowed the transponder needed to start the car.’
      • ‘A 10-way adjustable power driver's seat is linked to a memory system that can be controlled by the key fob.’
      • ‘Somewhat similar to a car's key fob, home security key fobs include buttons to activate and deactivate the house alarm system.’
      • ‘He spotted Ford's keys and nodded toward the silver fob attached.’
      • ‘She pulled them out and clicked the key fob to unlock the doors.’
      • ‘No, that's quite alright - don't you worry yourself about digging in your pocket to find your security fob.’
      • ‘Take the SecurID offering for example; I have a fob on my keyring measuring 65x40x19 mm.’
      • ‘Priced at US $18, it looks like the key-ring fob that opens your car door and has an illuminated combination dial.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although aftermarket starters are available for any car, the Malibu's is conveniently integrated into the key fob.’
      • ‘Lee reassembled his fob and stuck it back into his pocket.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

fob

/fɒb/

Main definitions of fob in English

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fob2

verb

[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’
    • ‘Social Services fobbed us off with excuses for eight months.’
    • ‘Mrs McArthur said: ‘I feel as though we have been fobbed off.’’
    • ‘Real ones aren't that hard to find, but beware unscrupulous merchandisers who attempt to fob you off with fakes.’
    • ‘She is anything but satisfied with the way she has been fobbed off by everyone, including APRA.’
    • ‘Every time I ring them up they try to fob me off with different excuses.’
    • ‘After countless phone calls in which she said she was fobbed off with excuses, Mrs Carter was told it would be done by Friday.’
    • ‘Mark made many attempts to get medical help but his GP fobbed him off by saying that he had a trapped nerve, wind or a back problem!’
    • ‘They took direction from Laois County Council but we were fobbed off.’
    • ‘I spend the next four days trying to speak to Marcia but every time I phone - her Mother fobs me off with excuses.’
    • ‘I didn't want Sunday to have an early warning of my arrival so that she would be able to fob me off with pre-planned excuses.’
    put off, stall, give someone the runaround, deceive
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    1. 1.1fob something off on Give (someone) something inferior to or different from what they want.
      ‘the second-rate products fobbed off on many beer-drinkers’
      • ‘He could have fobbed it off on the next parliament as so many of his predecessors had done.’
      • ‘What makes me mad is that someone actually raises these critters and fobs them off on the unsuspecting public.’
      • ‘Detroit has long pumped out cars that no one wants, only to fob them off on rental fleets for next to nothing.’
      • ‘He refuses the offer of the job of Emperor, fobbing it off on the eldest son of the former ruler.’
      • ‘If the poem doesn't work for me then I can't in conscience try to fob it off on anyone else.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Someone would buy it, discover they'd been had, and fob it off on the next poor sap.’
      • ‘My love for her is as unilateral as my desire to punch that guy, and I can't fob it off on her.’
      • ‘You could tell just by the way they acted; the kid had been fobbed off on them for a while.’
      impose, palm off, unload, dump, get rid of, foist, offload, inflict, thrust
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

fob

/fɒb/

Main definitions of fob in English

: fob1fob2FOB3

FOB3

noun

US
Military
  • A forward operating base.

Pronunciation

FOB

/ˌɛfˌəʊˈbiː/

noun

US
informal, 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.