Word of the Day

foist (foist)



[with object] (foist someone/something on)

  • impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on:don’t let anyone foist inferior goods on you
  • (foist someone/something into) introduce someone or something surreptitiously or unwarrantably into:he attempted to foist a new delegate into the conference


mid 16th century (in the sense ‘palm a false die, so as to produce it at the right moment’): from Dutch dialect vuisten ‘take in the hand’, from vuist (see  fist)

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