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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypalm off
he/she/itpalms off
present participlepalming off
past tensepalmed off
past participlepalmed off
  1. 1
    to get rid of someone or something that you do not want, by persuading someone else to take or buy them from you
  2. 2
    to give someone an explanation or excuse that is not true or is not satisfactory, but which you hope they will accept
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high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

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