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verb (used with object)
  1. to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon): to foist inferior merchandise on a customer.

  2. 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 vuistfist1

Other words from foist

  • un·foist·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foist


/ (fɔɪst) /

  1. (often foll by off or on) to sell or pass off (something, esp an inferior article) as genuine, valuable, etc

  2. (usually foll by in or into) to insert surreptitiously or wrongfully

Origin of foist

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

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