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    palm off

    I found the verb palm off in the dictionary as a translation of the Italian word I was looking up, but I would like to ask you if it's actually understood and can be used in the following context. The meaning I'm trying to achieve is "assign/give" with an implication of endurance or sufferance on behalf the asignee.

    "A cunning character is palmed off on me, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits."


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    Re: palm off

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    I found the verb palm off in the dictionary as a translation of the Italian word I was looking up, but I would like to ask you if it's actually understood and can be used in the following context. The meaning I'm trying to achieve is "assign/give" with an implication of endurance or sufferance on behalf the asignee.

    "A cunning character is palmed off on me, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits."
    To palm off means to give away/sell something that is cheap or almost worthless without revealing its true value.

    The petty thief palmed off the piece of costume jewelery on his customer telling him it contained real diamonds.

    I palmed off my old car on my brother and was happy to get rid of it.

    "A cunning character is palmed off on me, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits."

    This sentence does not make sense since if the "cunning character" was truly palmed off on you, you would not know all of sly traits until it was too late.

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    Re: palm off

    I now see the meaning of the verb, which obviously doen't fit the sentence.

    Maybe then I could say:

    I am given over /put into the hands of a cunning character, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits.

    What do you think? Are there any other useful phrases for this idea?

    Thanks.


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    Re: palm off

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    I now see the meaning of the verb, which obviously doen't fit the sentence.

    Maybe then I could say:

    I am given over /put into the hands of a cunning character, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits.

    What do you think? Are there any other useful phrases for this idea?

    Thanks.
    Try "I am in the hands of a cunning character, one whose traits remind me of a fox".


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    Re: palm off

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    I now see the meaning of the verb, which obviously doen't fit the sentence.

    Maybe then I could say:

    I am given over /put into the hands of a cunning character, who actually reminds me of a fox, even in his traits.

    What do you think? Are there any other useful phrases for this idea?

    Thanks.
    I was put into the hands of a cunning character, who had the traits of sly fox.

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    Re: palm off

    Thanks all.

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