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.

1535–45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist

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

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from Du. vuisten "take in hand," from M.Du. vuist "fist." Earliest sense was cheating at dice by concealing one in the palm of the hand; meaning "introduce surreptitiously" is from 1560s. Related: Foisted; foisting.
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Example sentences
Thank you for absolving the imported starlings from the horrific reputation
  foisted upon them by millions of backyard birders.
US citizens should be glad that they have not had high speed rail foisted upon
  them in the presently available guises.
Better that the taxes are foisted on people who can actually pay them.
One full professor foisted a major administrative task on me, then took credit
  for the results.
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