He likewise landed an ample supply of powder and ball, and left a Sanjak with 500 Turks and five foists.
Discouraged by this defeat, the Mahometans assailed our twelve foists with all their force, and carried them away.
Upon this our success, the enemy sent down four other foists to help those who were already engaged against us.
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.