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Etymology

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

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Verb

Infinitive
to foist

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to foist (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant.
    • 2006Theodore Dalrymple, The Gift of Language
      attempts to foist alleged grammatical “correctness” on native speakers of an “incorrect” dialect are nothing but the unacknowledged and oppressive exercise of social control
  2. (transitive) To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit.
  3. (transitive) To pass off as genuine or worthy.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Jonathan Spivak — foist costly and valueless products on the public

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