foist


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foist

 (foist)
tr.v. foist·ed, foist·ing, foists
1. 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).
2. 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.
3. To insert fraudulently or deceitfully: foisted unfair provisions into the contract.

[Probably Dutch dialectal vuisten, to take in hand, from Middle Dutch, from vuist, fist; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.]

foist

(fɔɪst)
vb (tr)
1. (often foll by: off or on) to sell or pass off (something, esp an inferior article) as genuine, valuable, etc
2. (Law) (usually foll by: in or into) to insert surreptitiously or wrongfully
[C16: probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to enclose in one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuist fist]

foist

(fɔɪst)

v.t.
1. to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usu. fol. by off, on, or upon): to foist inferior goods on a customer.
2. to put or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usu. fol. by in or into).
[1535–45; < dial. Dutch vuisten, fist]

foist


Past participle: foisted
Gerund: foisting

Imperative
foist
foist
Present
I foist
you foist
he/she/it foists
we foist
you foist
they foist
Preterite
I foisted
you foisted
he/she/it foisted
we foisted
you foisted
they foisted
Present Continuous
I am foisting
you are foisting
he/she/it is foisting
we are foisting
you are foisting
they are foisting
Present Perfect
I have foisted
you have foisted
he/she/it has foisted
we have foisted
you have foisted
they have foisted
Past Continuous
I was foisting
you were foisting
he/she/it was foisting
we were foisting
you were foisting
they were foisting
Past Perfect
I had foisted
you had foisted
he/she/it had foisted
we had foisted
you had foisted
they had foisted
Future
I will foist
you will foist
he/she/it will foist
we will foist
you will foist
they will foist
Future Perfect
I will have foisted
you will have foisted
he/she/it will have foisted
we will have foisted
you will have foisted
they will have foisted
Future Continuous
I will be foisting
you will be foisting
he/she/it will be foisting
we will be foisting
you will be foisting
they will be foisting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been foisting
you have been foisting
he/she/it has been foisting
we have been foisting
you have been foisting
they have been foisting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been foisting
you will have been foisting
he/she/it will have been foisting
we will have been foisting
you will have been foisting
they will have been foisting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been foisting
you had been foisting
he/she/it had been foisting
we had been foisting
you had been foisting
they had been foisting
Conditional
I would foist
you would foist
he/she/it would foist
we would foist
you would foist
they would foist
Past Conditional
I would have foisted
you would have foisted
he/she/it would have foisted
we would have foisted
you would have foisted
they would have foisted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.foist - to force onto another; "He foisted his work on me"
inflict, impose, bring down, visit - impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students"
2.foist - insert surreptitiously or without warrant
put in, stick in, inclose, insert, introduce, enclose - introduce; "Insert your ticket here"

foist

verb
foist something on or upon someone force I don't foist my beliefs on other people.
foist something or someone off on someone unload, get rid of, pass off, palm off No wonder she was so keen to foist him off on us.

foist

verb
1. To offer or put into circulation (an inferior or spurious item):
2. To force (another) to accept a burden:
Informal: stick.
3. To introduce gradually and slyly:
Translations
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foist

[fɔɪst] VT to foist sth on sbendosar algo a algn
the job was foisted on meme endosaron el trabajo
to foist o.s. on sbpegarse a algn, insistir en acompañar a or ir con algn

foist

[ˈfɔɪst] vt
to foist sth on sb → imposer qch à qn

foist

vt
to foist something (off) on somebody (goods)jdm etw andrehen; task, responsibilityetw auf jdn abschieben; opinionsjdm etw aufdrängen
to foist oneself on(to) somebodysich jdm aufdrängen

foist

[fɔɪst] vt to foist sth on sbrifilare qc a qn
References in classic literature ?
He no longer believed what Zeena had told him of the supposed seriousness of her state: he saw in her expedition to Bettsbridge only a plot hatched between herself and her Pierce relations to foist on him the cost of a servant; and for the moment wrath predominated.
If my esteemed neighbor, the State's ambassador, who will devote his days to the settlement of the question of human rights in the Council Chamber, instead of being threatened with the prisons of Carolina, were to sit down the prisoner of Massachusetts, that State which is so anxious to foist the sin of slavery upon her sister -- though at present she can discover only an act of inhospitality to be the ground of a quarrel with her -- the Legislature would not wholly waive the subject the following winter.
If my esteemed neighbor, the State's ambassador, who will devote his days to the settlement of the question of human rights in the Council Chamber, instead of being threatened with the prisons of Carolina, were to sit down the prisoner of Massachusetts, that State which is so anxious to foist the sin of slavery upon her sister--though at present she can discover only an act of inhospitality to be the ground of a quarrel with her--the Legislature would not wholly waive the subject of the following winter.
As for Raffles, he appeared to me to feel far more compunction for the fable which he had been compelled to foist upon one of the old masters than for the immeasurably graver offence against society and another Old Boy.
Military officers destitute of military knowledge; naval officers with no idea of a ship; civil officers without a notion of affairs; brazen ecclesiastics, of the worst world worldly, with sensual eyes, loose tongues, and looser lives; all totally unfit for their several callings, all lying horribly in pretending to belong to them, but all nearly or remotely of the order of Monseigneur, and therefore foisted on all public employments from which anything was to be got; these were to be told off by the score and the score.
His incessant talking and shouting and bellowing of orders had been too much for Wolf Larsen, who had accordingly foisted the nuisance upon his hunters.
It seemed to me that I could not fail to impress upon the intelligent red men of Barsoom the wicked deception that a cruel and senseless superstition had foisted upon them.
The same feint, with the same polite dexterity, she foisted on Mrs Meagles, as a conjuror might have forced a card on that innocent lady; and, when her future daughter-in-law was presented to her by her son, she said on embracing her, 'My dear, what have you done to Henry that has bewitched him so!' at the same time allowing a few tears to carry before them, in little pills, the cosmetic powder on her nose; as a delicate but touching signal that she suffered much inwardly for the show of composure with which she bore her misfortune.
The rank and file, however, were either foisted upon the city, or else lived off the population directly.
Kehinde Aderemi, insisting that the use of military during elections was arbitrary and a ploy to undermine Nigeria's democracy, just as he declared that the country was not a banana republic whereby the Federal Government would strategically foist the military on the citizens during elections.
Asif Ali Zardari also called upon the people to forge unity in their ranks and resist those who seek to foist their political agenda on the people through force behind the faade of religion.
"The only reason of this is that they stole, they were captured and now they foist world upon us" she said.