American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy: "I can usually tell whether a poet . . . is foisting off on us what he'd like to think is pure invention” ( J.D. Salinger).
- v. To impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by coercion or trickery: They had extra work foisted on them because they couldn't say no to the boss.
- v. To insert fraudulently or deceitfully: foisted unfair provisions into the contract.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breaking wind without noise: same as fist, 1.
- n. A puffball.
- n. A sly trick; a juggle; an imposition.
- n. A cheat; a sharper.
- n. A cutpurse; a pickpocket. Also foister.
- To work in by a trick; thrust in wrongfully, surreptitiously, or without warrant; insert or obtrude fraudulently or by imposition; pass or palm off as genuine or worthy: followed by in or into before the thing affected, and by upon before the person: as, to foist a spurious document upon one.
- To falsify or make fraudulent by some insertion; cog, as a die.
- To smell musty: same as fust.
- Same as foisty.
- n. A light and fast-sailing ship.
- v. transitive To introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant.
- v. transitive To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit.
- v. transitive To pass off as genuine or worthy.
- n. A thief or pickpocket.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A light and fast-sailing ship.
- v. To insert surreptitiously, wrongfully, or without warrant; to interpolate; to pass off (something spurious or counterfeit) as genuine, true, or worthy; -- usually followed by
- n. obsolete A foister; a sharper.
- n. obsolete A trick or fraud; a swindle.
- v. insert surreptitiously or without warrant
- v. to force onto another
- Probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten ("to take into one’s hand"), from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst ("fist"); akin to Old English fyst ("fist"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably Dutch dialectal vuisten, to take in hand, from Middle Dutch, from vuist, fist; see penkwe in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Besides, I'm one of those strange people who prefers live versions of songs over the over produced studio recordings the labels foist upon the artists.”
“While it could be interesting, one may hope GoOgle will not foist aka force it upon gmail users.”
“The 84-year-old leader caused outrage in October 2005 when he used a speech at the FAO to tell donor nations not to "foist" food on Zimbabwe and compared the then British premier Tony Blair to Italy's wartime dictator, Benito Mussolini.”
“I'd love to have someone "foist" something as nice as that on me!”
“It is a little unusual, in fact, more than a little unusual that they didn't have the complaint filed and that the police went out there and are now going to kind of foist it upon the DA's office.”
“Dewar supported the back-to-work bill, saying if the city and the union would not go to arbitration voluntarily Parliament would "foist" it upon them.”
“If we can't "foist" religious values on our young why should we be able to foist any kind of "man made" relative belief in the worth of any kind of values?”
“You would think the miserable little people who foist this politically correct left wing stupidity upon us would considering applying for citizenship elsewhere.”
“Everyone from Ickes to retired General Pershing to Eleanor Roosevelt to even his brother Vincent tried to foist friends or relatives on him, many the Army had rejected as physically unfit.”
“I hope Durbin chokes on the monstrosity that they are trying to ram through congress and foist upon the American people.”
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