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Definition of "foist" []

  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)
  • To insert fraudulently or deceitfully: foisted unfair provisions into the contract. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "foist" in a sentence
  • "Besides, I'm one of those strange people who prefers live versions of songs over the over produced studio recordings the labels foist upon the artists."
  • "While it could be interesting, one may hope GoOgle will not foist aka force it upon gmail users."
  • "The 84-year-old leader caused outrage in October 2005 when he used a speech at the FAO to tell donor nations not to "foist" food on Zimbabwe and compared the then British premier Tony Blair to Italy's wartime dictator, Benito Mussolini."