Foist meaning

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Foist is defined as to pass something off as valuable when it is not, or to trick someone into having or doing something they don't want.

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.

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To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy.
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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.

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To insert fraudulently or deceitfully.

Foisted unfair provisions into the contract.

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To put in slyly or surreptitiously, as a clause into a contract.
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To get (a thing) accepted, sold, etc. by fraud, deception, etc.; palm off.
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To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit.
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To pass off as genuine or worthy.
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(historical slang) A thief or pickpocket.
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(obsolete) A light and fast-sailing ship.

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Origin of foist

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