foist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foist insert surreptitiously or without warrant
    • v foist to force onto another "He foisted his work on me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foist A foister; a sharper.
    • n Foist foist A light and fast-sailing ship.
    • Foist A trick or fraud; a swindle.
    • v. t Foist To insert surreptitiously, wrongfully, or without warrant; to interpolate; to pass off (something spurious or counterfeit) as genuine, true, or worthy; -- usually followed by in. "Lest negligence or partiality might admit or foist in abuses and corruption.""When a scripture has been corrupted . . . by a supposititious foisting of some words in."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foist A breaking wind without noise: same as fist, 1.
    • n foist A puffball.
    • n foist A sly trick; a juggle; an imposition.
    • n foist A cheat; a sharper.
    • n foist A cutpurse; a pickpocket. Also foister.
    • foist To work in by a trick; thrust in wrongfully, surreptitiously, or without warrant; insert or obtrude fraudulently or by imposition; pass or palm off as genuine or worthy: followed by in or into before the thing affected, and by upon before the person: as, to foist a spurious document upon one.
    • foist To falsify or make fraudulent by some insertion; cog, as a die.
    • foist To smell musty: same as fust.
    • foist Same as foisty.
    • n foist A light and fast-sailing ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foist foist to bring in by stealth: to insert wrongfully: to pass off as genuine (with in or into before the thing affected, and upon before the person)
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OD. vysten, to fizzle, D. veesten, E. fizz, fitchet, bullfist,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Dut. prov. vuisten, to take in the hand; vuist, fist.

Usage

In literature:

A word in conclusion as to the fate of the attendants, thus skilfully foisted on her.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
You very nearly had a republic foisted upon you after the Japanese war.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
And to think she's been foisted on to me, of all people!
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
Portugal had foisted the shame of centuries upon the Dark Continent, and openly defied decency and honor.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Suppose we divide up the responsibility and foist half of it on Stephen?
"Steve and the Steam Engine" by Sara Ware Bassett
There were still being foisted upon the world far too many medical men of the type of Bob Sawyer.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The Corporal finally found the boy who originally foisted upon our Paradise these two dullest human beings that ever drew breath.
"The Girl and the Kingdom" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
And now the Works Committee were going to foist an assistant on him.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
The neological barbarisms foisted into sea-language.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
You'll get sick on us here, foist t'ing we know.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Foist he'd sing one voise an' then she'd sing the nex'.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Convenient, in truth, to foist on others who have done their duty the blunders one may have committed oneself!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
He'll meet opposition enough when he tries to foist this putty-clay of his on the world.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
It was foisted upon that which had already a venerable antiquity.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
It was also, he said, the duty of the Council to buy a barometer the rogue had foisted upon him.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
That is but one of the superstitions which Issus has foisted upon a credulous humanity.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
She foisted herself upon society, and was discovered and kicked out!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
You are not going to foist a parsonical gentleman upon us, young lady?
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
My bum didn't pay them no never mind at foist, but one day he tells me he keeps feeling them eyes on him while he's rasslin'.
"Hoiman and the Solar Circuit" by Gordon Dewey
No man can stand alone and foist his ideas upon such a body of men, without backing.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
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In news:

A FEDERAL judge in Manhattan ruled last week that the case of Robert E Brennan, the self-promoting penny-stock salesman, boiled down to a massive nationwide fraud of overpriced stocks being foisted on unwitting investors.
First dates are awkward enough without having romance foisted upon you by a venue lit only with candles or having to shout your life histories because you're at a pub filled with frat boys.
The first type was usually foisted on you by nostalgic grown-ups.
A national campaign encouraging kids to befriend other kids who are different from them has come under fire from a conservative family group, which claims a pro-gay agenda is being foisted upon American children.
Over 50 years ago, one of the greatest media hoaxes ever was foisted upon New York City and the world at large.
If it isn't surprising that this theater season began and ended with Neil Simon plays, it's at least comforting that both of them--if not the half-dozen other Simon comedies foisted on us in between--were adequately executed.
ROBERT M PARKER JR, the powerful wine critic, called it "one of the major scams being foisted on wine consumers.".
But in foisting "Rise of the Guardians" upon unsuspecting audiences for the holidays, it's clear he just wanted some cover.
In foisting Rise of the Guardians upon unsuspecting audiences for the holidays, it's clear he just wanted some cover.
Although it was created with the best of intentions, the federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has become one of the worst and most costly boondoggles ever foisted on the American public.
Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013.
Rich backers avoid taxes they foisted on others.
A device that has invaded the world, by foisting it upon you, whether you like it or not.
Over and over again, Republicans tried to rein in the politically correct policies being foisted on mortgage lenders by Fannie Mae, only to be met by a Praetorian Guard of Democrats howling that Republicans hated the poor.
As such it can avoid foisting upon the writer the obligation of earning a penny for the company or, in the case of academic journa...
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