Definition of dob in English:

dob

verb

[WITH OBJECT]NZ, Australian
informal
  • 1dob onInform against someone.

    ‘Helen dobbed me in to Mum’
    • ‘It works as a great deterrent for graffiti artists - they just never know who could dob them in, so they tend to stop.’
    • ‘He says no one will tell him exactly how he got caught, but someone must have dobbed him in.’
    • ‘Trust me, when these restrictions get tightened tomorrow, there will be no shortage of people queuing up to dob her in.’
    • ‘At least I wont have to worry about Phil dobbing me in anymore.’
    • ‘He says there are too many spies about and too many people who will dob you in for money.’
    denounce, give away, betray, incriminate, inculpate, report, tell the authorities about, tell the police about
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    1. 1.1dob onno object Inform on; betray.
      • ‘Water wasted by householders is but a gnat's whatsit compared to the huge volumes that are wasted by the water companies - dobbing on your neighbour isn't going to solve anything’
      • ‘They must think my brother is pretty cool for not dobbing on me.’
      • ‘How are we going to work together as a community rather than dobbing on each other and isolating each other.’
      • ‘He's in the prison, he's dobbing on his prison mates, on other inmates, and he's very scared for his life.’
      • ‘He was summoned before the committee and fined for dobbing on a workmate but refused to pay.’
      break one's promise to, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break faith with, play someone false, fail, let down
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  • 2dob something inContribute money to a common cause.

    ‘everyone dobbed in a few dollars’
  • 3dob someone inImpose on someone to do something.

    ‘I dobbed him in to do the cleaning’

Origin

1950s: figurative use of dialect dob ‘put down abruptly’, later ‘throw something at a target’.

Pronunciation

dob

/dɒb/