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
- ‘The Italian authorities then tried to palm the matter off on a new European Union member, Malta.’
- ‘The real affront is why insincere kids books are being palmed off on adults.’
- ‘Years of accumulated detritus and geegaws have been successfully palmed off onto relatives and neighbours.’
- ‘Everyone is therefore keen on palming it off as quickly as possible.’
- ‘Much of his visual composition pays homage to the genre, without watering it down, or palming it off as pastiche.’
- ‘And as long as you palm it off to someone you can trust it's OK.’
- ‘I realised I could probably try to palm it off to some people around my old working area.’
- ‘In the weeks that followed, the baby was palmed off to family, friends and neighbours.’
- ‘This kind of body modification is so severe that it is hard to just palm it off as an attention getting gimmick.’
- ‘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.’
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