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foist

[foist] /fɔɪst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon):
to foist inferior merchandise on a customer.
2.
to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually followed by in or into):
to foist political views into a news story.
Origin
Dutch dialect
1535-1545
1535-45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist
Related forms
unfoisted, adjective
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foist

/fɔɪst/
verb (transitive)
1.
often foll by off or on. to sell or pass off (something, esp an inferior article) as genuine, valuable, etc
2.
usually foll by in or into. to insert surreptitiously or wrongfully
Word Origin
C16: probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to enclose in one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuist fist
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foist

v.

1540s, from Dutch vuisten "take in hand," from Middle Dutch vuist "fist" (see fist). Earliest sense was cheating at dice by concealing a loaded one in the palm of the hand with the intention of introducing it into play; meaning "introduce surreptitiously" is from 1560s. Related: Foisted; foisting.

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