- 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
- Chinese Buddhism.
Origin of Foïsm
Examples from the Web for foists
He likewise landed an ample supply of powder and ball, and left a Sanjak with 500 Turks and five foists.
Upon this our success, the enemy sent down four other foists to help those who were already engaged against us.
Discouraged by this defeat, the Mahometans assailed our twelve foists with all their force, and carried them away.
- Chinese Buddhism, the version introduced from India from the 4th century ad onwards and essentially belonging to the Mahayana school
- (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 foists
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.