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1A chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket.
- ‘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.’
- ‘It needed a lot of work on the mechanism (it'd stopped winding) and a new loop made for a fob chain.’
- ‘It was a silver fob, about six inches long, with a key ring at one end.’
- ‘The trinkets were attached to the exposed end of the fob.’
- ‘Then he fiddled with his watch fob, and without looking up said, ‘And our other matter was dealt with satisfactorily?’’
- ‘Women favored these watch chatelaines while men preferred fobs by which to pull the watch from the pocket.’
- ‘Its fob chain, stretched across the workingman's waistcoat, became a new symbol of respectability.’
- ‘Instead, the investigator turned out to be a grave young man attired in a three-piece suit with Edwardian collar and gold watch fob.’
- ‘He always wore a dark blue pinstriped suit, waistcoat with a gold fob, a red carnation, a trilby, and an umbrella.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Courtwright's hammer snagged on Short's watch fob chain.’
- ‘He carried it now, attached to the fob of his watch.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The jewelry included watch fobs, shirt studs, earrings, brooches, pins, bracelets, and crucifixes, carved with appropriate images of oak leaves and acorns.’
- 1.1 A 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.’
- 1.2 A small pocket for carrying a watch.
- ‘When worn by men, the watch was tucked into the fob pocket.’
- 1.3 A tab on a key ring.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Priced at US $18, it looks like the key-ring fob that opens your car door and has an illuminated combination dial.’
- ‘Somewhat similar to a car's key fob, home security key fobs include buttons to activate and deactivate the house alarm system.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Take the SecurID offering for example; I have a fob on my keyring measuring 65x40x19 mm.’
- ‘A 10-way adjustable power driver's seat is linked to a memory system that can be controlled by the key fob.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On two occasions teething toddlers chewing on key fobs have swallowed the transponder needed to start the car.’
- ‘He spotted Ford's keys and nodded toward the silver fob attached.’
Mid 17th century (denoting a fob pocket in a waistband): origin uncertain; probably related to German dialect Fuppe pocket.
verb[WITH OBJECT]fob someone off
1 Deceitfully attempt to satisfy someone by making excuses or giving them something inferior:‘I was fobbed off with bland reassurances’
put off, stall, give someone the runaround, deceiveplacate, appeasedeter, discourage, daunt, scare off, intimidate, unnerveView synonyms
- ‘I spend the next four days trying to speak to Marcia but every time I phone - her Mother fobs me off with excuses.’
- ‘She is anything but satisfied with the way she has been fobbed off by everyone, including APRA.’
- ‘Social Services fobbed us off with excuses for eight months.’
- ‘They took direction from Laois County Council but we were fobbed off.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After countless phone calls in which she said she was fobbed off with excuses, Mrs Carter was told it would be done by Friday.’
- ‘Every time I ring them up they try to fob me off with different excuses.’
- ‘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.’
- 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’
impose, palm off, unload, dump, get rid of, foist, offload, inflict, thrustsaddle someone with something, land someone with something, lumber someone with something, burden someone with somethingView synonyms
- ‘Rather, it was deliberate policy to ignore those annoying Red Cross reports and fob them off on the legal staff for their amusement.’
- ‘He could have fobbed it off on the next parliament as so many of his predecessors had done.’
- ‘Detroit has long pumped out cars that no one wants, only to fob them off on rental fleets for next to nothing.’
- ‘What makes me mad is that someone actually raises these critters and fobs them off on the unsuspecting public.’
- ‘You could tell just by the way they acted; the kid had been fobbed off on them for a while.’
- ‘My love for her is as unilateral as my desire to punch that guy, and I can't fob it off on her.’
- ‘If the poem doesn't work for me then I can't in conscience try to fob it off on anyone else.’
- ‘He refuses the offer of the job of Emperor, fobbing it off on the eldest son of the former ruler.’
- ‘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.’
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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