Definition of foist in English:



  • Impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on.

    ‘she had no desire to have an elderly relative foisted on her’
    • ‘He warned that the council could repeat the same mistakes if it suddenly foisted schemes on other sites.’
    • ‘He accuses Mr Behnam of foisting his opinion on others.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It foisted an unnecessary holiday on all Government schools, certainly an outrageous concession that nobody deserves and demands.’
    • ‘He's patient and doesn't foist his presence on anyone, but rather waits for them to acknowledge him as a companion.’
    • ‘The constitution allows for a democratic procedure, rather than foisting a candidate on an association from the central party.’
    • ‘But protesters say planners are foisting essential services on to the proposed development so eventually it will have to go ahead.’
    • ‘Our own community foisted a base tax on its residents.’
    • ‘The drift has shrunk the tax base and foisted ever-higher bills on citizens already paying the highest council tax in Scotland.’
    impose, force, thrust, offload, unload, dump, palm off, fob off
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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).