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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Definitions for foist

  1. To force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably.
  2. To bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently.

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Citations for foist
It's too bright, the sky is too big, and we're always trying to foist our napalm off on Arizona. Nancy Lemann, Malaise: a novel
And these missing elements fit well into the so-called Periodic Tables some chemists have tried to foist upon the science. Isaac Asimov, The early Asimov: or, Eleven years of trying: Volume 1
Origin of foist
Dutch dialect
1535-1545
Foist comes from a phrase in Dutch dialect, vuisten, itself derived from vuist, "fist," in reference to concealing dice in one's hand during some game.