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Saturday, June 04, 2011

foist

\FOIST\ , verb;
1.
To force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably.
2.
To bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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