pawn off

pawn off
ˌpawn ˈoff [transitive] [he/she/it pawns off present participle pawning off past tense pawned off past participle pawned off] informal phrasal verb
to persuade someone to buy or accept something that you do not want, especially something of low quality

I managed to pawn off all of the old stock.

Thesaurus: to sell somethingsynonym
Main entry: pawn

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pawn off [phrasal verb]
pawn (something) off or pawn off (something) US, informal
1 : to sell (something) for more than it is worth by being dishonest about it

He'll pawn [=palm] the car off on/onto some unsuspecting fool if he can.

I pawned off my old computer on him.

2 : to get someone to accept or do (something)

He tried to pawn off science fiction as truth.

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Main Entry:pawn

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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