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definition of the word foist

by the Wiktionnary

Probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten (to take into one’s hand), from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst (fist); akin to Old English fyst (fist).

to foist

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to foist (third-person singular simple present foists, present participle foisting, simple past and past participle foisted)

  1. (transitive) To introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant.
    • 2006Theodore Dalrymple, The Gift of Language
      attempts to foist alleged grammatical “correctness” on native speakers of an “incorrect” dialect are nothing but the unacknowledged and oppressive exercise of social control
  2. (transitive) To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit.
  3. (transitive) To pass off as genuine or worthy.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Jonathan Spivak — foist costly and valueless products on the public

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