foist

foist
foist foist [fɔɪst] verb
foist something on/​upon somebody phrasal verb [transitive]
to force someone to accept or deal with something that they do not want:

• Decisions have been foisted on the staff by the board of directors.

• I keep getting work foisted on me at the last minute.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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Synonyms:
, (surreptitiously or wrongfully)


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  • foist — [ fɔıst ] verb foist ,on or foist u,pon phrasal verb transitive usually passive foist something on/upon someone to force someone to accept or deal with something that they do not want: Voters are tired of new regulations foisted on them by… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foist on — foist (something) on (someone) to force someone to accept or experience something. We even foist junk food on children in school cafeterias. Usage notes: sometimes in the form foist something off on someone: You cannot foist this ridiculous plan… …   New idioms dictionary

  • foist — has meanings similar to fob off, but it is not followed by off and is not used in this meaning with a person as its object; you can foist something on someone but you cannot foist someone (off) with something: • I can t go around the house… …   Modern English usage

  • foist on — ˈfoist ˌon ˈfoist u ˌpon [transitive] usually passive [present tense I/you/we/they foist on he/she/it foists on present participle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Foist — (foist), n. [OF. fuste stick, boat, fr. L. fustis cudgel. Cf. 1st {Fust}.] A light and fast sailing ship. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foist — Foist, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foisting}.] [Cf. OD. vysten to fizzle, D. veesten, E. fizz, fitchet, bullfist.] To insert surreptitiously, wrongfully, or without warrant; to interpolate; to pass off (something spurious or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foist — [fɔıst] v foist on/upon [foist sth on/upon sb] phr v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from early modern Dutch vuisten to take into your hands , from Middle Dutch vuyst fist ] to force someone to accept or have to deal with something that they… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Foist — Foist, n. 1. A foister; a sharper. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. A trick or fraud; a swindle. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foist — foist·er; foist; …   English syllables

  • foist — ► VERB (foist on) ▪ impose (an unwelcome person or thing) on. ORIGIN originally in the sense «dishonestly manipulate a dice»: from Dutch dialect vuisten take in the hand …   English terms dictionary

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