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    'To fob', definition please...

    Hi all,

    I get the whole point of their conversation but I feel so curious to know the exact meaning of 'fob' as it used differently several times as you can see in the context below:


    Dad: Janey! You can't keep fobbing off your child whenever you want to take a break!
    Janey: I'm not fobbing him off!
    Dad: Well, what would you call three-hour lunches?! Shopping expeditions?! You're just a fobber!
    Janey: If I am, I get it from you!
    Dad: Don't fob your fobbing off on me!!!


    I'd really appreciate it if you explained what it exactly means in this context.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    I get the whole point of their conversation but I feel so curious to know the exact meaning of 'fob' as it used differently several times as you can see in the context below:


    Dad: Janey! You can't keep fobbing off your child whenever you want to take a break!
    Janey: I'm not fobbing him off!
    Dad: Well, what would you call three-hour lunches?! Shopping expeditions?! You're just a fobber!
    Janey: If I am, I get it from you!
    Dad: Don't fob your fobbing off on me!!!


    I'd really appreciate it if you explained what it exactly means in this context.
    Check the definitions of "fob" the verb that are provided via the following link. The phrasal verb usages are near the bottom in the Thesaurus section. FOB - definition of FOB by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    Thanks. So would 'you can't keep fobbing your kid off!' mean something like, 'you can't slope off tricking others into looking after your kid!' in this context?

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks. So would 'you can't keep fobbing your kid off!' mean something like, 'you can't slope off tricking others into looking after your kid!' in this context?
    Yes, that seems to be the meaning.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    I don't see any trickery. It's just having someone else assume what should be your responsibility.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't see any trickery. It's just having someone else assume what should be your responsibility.
    I agree, but the statement about 3 hour lunches implied to me that some trickery was involved.

    Can you watch my kid? I have a doctor's appointment.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    And, is there any difference between the two forms below?

    1. He felt he was fobbed off!
    2. He felt he was dumped on!


    Thanks.

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    Re: 'To fob', definition please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    And, is there any difference between the two forms below?

    1. He felt he was fobbed off!
    2. He felt he was dumped on!


    Thanks.
    Not much difference. There may a bit less deception in "dumped on".

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