- 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
Examples from the Web for foist
Glenn Beck did it before, although the abstract noun he chose to foist on the nation was "honor."Sanity Is Overrated
October 29, 2010
Suppose we divide up the responsibility and foist half of it on Stephen?Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
And now the Works Committee were going to foist an assistant on him.Adventures in Many Lands
They would not have him foist himself upon their American friends.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
Why should you insult them by trying to foist your religion upon them?The Child in the Midst
Mary Schauffler Labaree
Why should you keep on producing these cheap little plays they foist on you?Harlequin and Columbine
- (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 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.