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The fob off

English Meaning 1

An excuse or superficial answer to make someone go away easily

English Example 1

“Yes hello?”
“Hi can I get the name and email address of the manager please?”
“Oh he’s very busy just email reception”
“Did you get it?”
“No she gave me the fob off, I’ll have to try again”

English Meaning 2

English Example 2

“There’s a customer here complaining about service and wants to see the boss”
“I’m busy, see if you can fob them off with a free coffee or something”


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