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foist

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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.
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Origin of foist

1535–45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist1
Related formsun·foist·ed, adjective

Foïsm

[foh-iz-uh m]
noun
  1. Chinese Buddhism.
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Origin of Foïsm

Related formsFo·ïst, noun
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Foism

noun
  1. Chinese Buddhism, the version introduced from India from the 4th century ad onwards and essentially belonging to the Mahayana school
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Derived FormsFoist, noun, adjective

Word Origin

from Mandarin Chinese fo Buddha

foist

verb (tr)
  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
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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 foists

foist

v.

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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