pawn off (third-person singular simple present pawns off, present participle pawning off, simple past and past participle pawned off)
- (transitive) To get rid of (something or someone unwanted) by transferring it to another.
- 1987, Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo, The Baseball Hall of Shame 3, Pocket Books, →ISBN, page 42:
- LeMaster was dealt to the even-lowlier Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher. The Indians were so anxious to pawn him off on the Pirates that the club even paid Johnnie a $100,000 "assignment fee" to go to Pittsburgh.
- The recipient of the transfer is marked with on, as in the quotation. See further notes at palm off.