[ 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

1535–45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist1

Related forms

un·foist·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (fɔɪst) /

verb (tr)

(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 for foist

C16: probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to enclose in one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuist fist
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