foist

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verb \ˈfȯist\

Definition of foist

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrantb :  to force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit when the states … foist unnecessary expenses on local taxpayers — T. C. Desmond

  3. 2 :  to pass off as genuine or worthy foist costly and valueless products on the public — Jonathan Spivak … inferior caviar has been foisted on an unknowing public … — David Rosengarten

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Examples of foist in a Sentence

  1. shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists

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Did You Know?

An early sense of the word foist, now obsolete, referred to palming a phony die and secretly introducing it into a game at an opportune time. The action involved in this cheating tactic reflects the etymology of foist. The word is believed to derive from the obsolete Dutch verb vuisten, meaning "to take into one's hand." "Vuisten" in turn comes from "vuyst," the Middle Dutch word for "fist" which itself is distantly related to the Old English ancestor of "fist." By the late 16th century "foist" was being used in English to mean "to insert surreptitiously," and it quickly acquired the meaning "to force another to accept by stealth or deceit."

Origin and Etymology 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


FOIST Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of foist for English Language Learners

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



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