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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 fist1
Related forms
unfoisted, adjective Unabridged
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  • They are not to be foisted on one's readers as anything "ex cathedra."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • It was also, he said, the duty of the Council to buy a barometer the rogue had foisted upon him.

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  • It was foisted upon that which had already a venerable antiquity.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • Manfred, what kind of a crazed camel have you foisted off on me?

  • I have a strong fatherly instinct and all the foundlings are foisted on me.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Some used to say that Christian faith had been foisted on mankind by priests.

    The Meaning of Faith Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • This misconception has been foisted upon us by medival logic.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • This may be a false anecdote; many were foisted upon Baudelaire.

    Egoists James Huneker
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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