They had extra work foisted on them because they couldn't say no to the boss.
Foisted unfair provisions into the contract.
An example of foist is to advertise a car as in perfect condition when it has bad brakes; to foist the car off on the buyer.
An example of foist is to get an approval by a committee on an agreement in which changes have been secretly made without the knowledge of the committee members; to foist the approval off on the committee.
Origin of foist
- Probably Dutch dialectal vuisten to take in hand from Middle Dutch from vuist fist penkwe in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten (“to take into one’s hand”), from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst (“fist”); akin to Old English fyst (“fist”).
- Old French fuste (“stick, boat”), from Latin fustis (“cudgel”).