- 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 foisted
The oft-quoted figure of six million dead, he maintains, was but a myth, foisted on the world by the singularly demonic Zionists.Abbas Alleges Link Between Zionists And Nazis
David N. Myers
January 23, 2013
In 2008, he foisted Sarah Palin upon an unsuspecting nation.Michael Tomasky on How John McCain Humiliated Himself on Susan Rice
November 25, 2012
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.Ghetto Comedies
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?The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
I have a strong fatherly instinct and all the foundlings are foisted on me.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- (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 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.