Palm off


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Palm off

To misrepresent inferior goods of one producer as superior goods made by a reputable, well-regarded competitor in order to gain commercial advantage and promote sales.

The doctrine of palming off is applied to the particular facts of a case in which the defendant is accused of engaging in Unfair Competition against the plaintiff.

See: foist
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I have tried to palm off my old clothes to charity shops - and been rebuffed.
One fire, a bout of disease, or a prolonged drought, could effectively wipe the palm off the Egyptian species list.
She was reacting to media reports that suggested the ministry may try and palm off "large quantities" of expired drugs.
There was a rumour floating about that harbinger of doom June Whitfield was going to turn up and start trying to palm off Life Insurances.
30pm but was sent back downstairs with the bloke on the door giving me his best Carpenters palm off, "We've only just begun.
Allen tries to palm off second-rate Noel Coward dialogue, perhaps in the hopes we'll forget that once it was Allen's dialogue that people were quoting.
Mark Wootton first attracted attention when he starred in Channel 4's My New Best Friend, which saw the comedian play a superbly irritating character that contestants had to palm off as their new chum to friends and family.