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fob1 / fäb/ • n. (also fob chain) a chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket. ∎  a small ornament attached to a watch chain. ∎  (also fob pocket) a small pocket for carrying a watch. ∎  a tab on a key ring. fob2 • v. (fobbed , fob·bing ) [tr.] (fob someone off) deceitfully attempt to satisfy someone by making excuses or giving them something inferior: secretaries fob off most unwanted callers by saying their boss is in a meeting. ∎  (fob something off on) give (someone) something inferior to or different from what they want: he fobbed off the chairmanship on Clifford.

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FOB • abbr. 1. friend of Bill, a friend of Bill Clinton, esp. one of his close circle of advisers and contacts. 2. Forward Operating Base.

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fob1 cheat, trick, put off deceitfully. XV. Parallel to †fop vb. and G. foppen quiz, banter.
Hence sb. trick. XVII. ME. fobbe impostor (once, XIV) is isolated.

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fob2 small pocket. XVII. orig. cant term; prob. of G. orig. (cf. G. dial. fuppe pocket).

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FOB (or f.o.b.) Commerce free on board