One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]foist someone/something on
Impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on.‘she had no desire to have an elderly relative foisted on her’
impose, force, thrust, offload, unload, dump, palm off, fob offView synonyms
- ‘The drift has shrunk the tax base and foisted ever-higher bills on citizens already paying the highest council tax in Scotland.’
- ‘Our own community foisted a base tax on its residents.’
- ‘He accuses Mr Behnam of foisting his opinion on others.’
- ‘It foisted an unnecessary holiday on all Government schools, certainly an outrageous concession that nobody deserves and demands.’
- ‘But protesters say planners are foisting essential services on to the proposed development so eventually it will have to go ahead.’
- ‘He warned that the council could repeat the same mistakes if it suddenly foisted schemes on other sites.’
- ‘The constitution allows for a democratic procedure, rather than foisting a candidate on an association from the central party.’
- ‘He's patient and doesn't foist his presence on anyone, but rather waits for them to acknowledge him as a companion.’
- ‘I'm always suspicious when a previous generation tries to foist its heroes on me.’
- ‘But then some old drunk foisted a gun into my hands one night and said, ‘Get out along that road and kill me a blue belly.’’
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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