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.‘don't let anyone foist inferior goods on you’
impose, force, thrust, offload, unload, dump, palm off, fob offView synonyms
- ‘He warned that the council could repeat the same mistakes if it suddenly foisted schemes on other sites.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I'm always suspicious when a previous generation tries to foist its heroes on me.’
- ‘But protesters say planners are foisting essential services on to the proposed development so eventually it will have to go ahead.’
- ‘It foisted an unnecessary holiday on all Government schools, certainly an outrageous concession that nobody deserves and demands.’
- ‘The constitution allows for a democratic procedure, rather than foisting a candidate on an association from the central party.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘He's patient and doesn't foist his presence on anyone, but rather waits for them to acknowledge him as a companion.’
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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