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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.]
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: foisted
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|Verb||1.||foist - to force onto another; "He foisted his work on me"|
|2.||foist - insert surreptitiously or without warrant|
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To offer or put into circulation (an inferior or spurious item):
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foist[fɔɪst] VT to foist sth on sb → endosar algo a algn
the job was foisted on me → me endosaron el trabajo
to foist o.s. on sb → pegarse a algn, insistir en acompañar a or ir con algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to foist sth on sb → imposer qch à qn
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
foist[fɔɪst] vt to foist sth on sb → rifilare qc a qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995