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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 fist
Related forms
unfoisted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foisted
  • 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.
  • Plenty of faculty will go down the tubes wasting their time with these toys foisted on us by the technology industrial complex.
  • It doesn't help that some of these treatments are foisted on people who don't need them.
  • White people don't really have that sense, mostly because it's not foisted upon them.
  • We understand this political appointment was foisted on them.
  • Those awful fluorescent light bulbs will be foisted on us with increasingly strident vigor.
  • Even if this idea has been foisted on you by the grow-your-own lobby.
British Dictionary definitions for foisted


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 foisted



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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