One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sell or dispose of something by misrepresentation or fraud.‘they palmed off their shoddiest products on the Russians’
foist, fob off, offload, get rid of, dispose ofView synonyms
- ‘In the weeks that followed, the baby was palmed off to family, friends and neighbours.’
- ‘Everyone is therefore keen on palming it off as quickly as possible.’
- ‘This resolute need to see nothing but disaster and clouds is common enough within the expected circles even despite items that cannot be easily palmed off.’
- ‘Years of accumulated detritus and geegaws have been successfully palmed off onto relatives and neighbours.’
- ‘The Italian authorities then tried to palm the matter off on a new European Union member, Malta.’
- ‘This kind of body modification is so severe that it is hard to just palm it off as an attention getting gimmick.’
- ‘I realised I could probably try to palm it off to some people around my old working area.’
- ‘Much of his visual composition pays homage to the genre, without watering it down, or palming it off as pastiche.’
- ‘The real affront is why insincere kids books are being palmed off on adults.’
- ‘And as long as you palm it off to someone you can trust it's OK.’
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