Definition of pawn someone/something off in English:

pawn someone/something off

phrasal verb

  • Pass off someone or something unwanted.

    ‘newly industrialized economies are racing to pawn off old processes on poorer countries’
    • ‘I'm hoping I can pawn it off on to someone else so it's not at my desk all day.’
    • ‘Instead, they pawn it off on the Province's tightfistedness.’
    • ‘Is it such a normal thing, for fathers to pawn their daughters off like a hawker selling cheap trinkets?’
    • ‘And now her father planned to pawn her off to some clumsy, sword-swinging, foolish son of a peasant?’
    • ‘If they are sold over the counter to adults, criminals will no longer have to pawn these goods off on innocent youths.’
    • ‘You don't want the job, or the responsibility that you have, and I can understand that, but don't sell yourself short, and don't try to pawn it off on someone less qualified.’
    • ‘Both boys are pawned off on grandmothers, who will die early and represent the only selfless love either child will know.’
    • ‘Still, his partner was going to pay for pawning him off on the woman.’
    • ‘It's beyond me why they even make such insubstantial little hook and wire gizmos and pawn them off as security devices.’
    • ‘I think you need to think about this the next time you decide to support someone who clearly has taken someone else's solution and tried to pawn it off as her own.’
    • ‘They can steal ideas, for example, and pawn them off as their own.’
    • ‘I was able to pawn my copy off over the Internet in less than a day.’
    • ‘It might seem like you're trying to pawn him off, and what if he's not interested in her?’
    • ‘People could've died, and they'd just pawn it off as a tragic accident.’
    • ‘You don't have the inclination or technical wits to employ the older machine as part of a home network, nor a young kid to pawn it off on.’
    • ‘The federal government pawned this responsibility off to the municipalities.’
    • ‘Prudie is not sure the dinner guests were even trying to pawn these things off as new.’
    • ‘It will only be a matter of time before they try to pawn it off in the black market.’
    • ‘I mean, they've tried to pawn it off on everyone else, why not me?’
    • ‘And, thankfully, at least some of the forms can be pawned off on someone else.’