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[foist] /fɔɪst/
verb (used with object)
to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon):
to foist inferior merchandise on a customer.
to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually followed by in or into):
to foist political views into a news story.
Origin of foist
Dutch dialect
1535-45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist1
Related forms
unfoisted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Might I enquire why you've come here and tried to foist a spurious packet of diamonds upon my friend Klostivitch?

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • They would not have him foist himself upon their American friends.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • I hadn't never been ter a Chino buryin' ground before, an' night time wasn't extree pleasant fer a foist introduce.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • Why should you insult them by trying to foist your religion upon them?

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • Wonder you aren't ashamed to foist your company on pure-minded boys like us.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • There was an effort made to foist this humbug Keene upon us.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • History had proved that she lost her American colonies as soon as she tried to foist her own commercial policy on the colonists.

    Albert Ballin Bernhard Huldermann
  • He was sincerely sorry for this girl whom they were trying to foist on him.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • They endeavor to attract notice as mountebanks, and then foist upon the public worthless trash, and hope thus to succeed.

British Dictionary definitions for foist


verb (transitive)
often foll by off or on. to sell or pass off (something, esp an inferior article) as genuine, valuable, etc
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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Word Origin and History for foist

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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