Definition of foist
- when the states … foist unnecessary expenses on local taxpayers
- —T. C. Desmond
- 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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shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists
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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."
First Known Use: circa 1587See Words from the same year
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