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foist

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verb \ˈfȯist\

Simple Definition of foist

  • : to force someone to accept (something that is not good or not wanted)

Full Definition of foist

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant b :  to force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit

  3. 2 :  to pass off as genuine or worthy <foist costly and valueless products on the public — Jonathan Spivak>

Examples of foist

  1. <shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists>



Origin of foist

probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to take into one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst fist; akin to Old English fȳst fist


First Known Use: circa 1587

Rhymes with foist



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