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foist

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Pronunciation: /fɔɪst
 
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Definition of foist in English:

verb

[with object] (foist someone/thing on)
Impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on: she had no desire to have an elderly relative foisted on her
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • He accuses Mr Behnam of foisting his opinion on others.
Synonyms
impose, force, thrust, offload, unload, dump, palm off, fob off;
shift on to;
pass off, get rid of;
(foist something on to someone)saddle someone with, land someone with, burden someone with, lumber someone with

Origin

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).

Words that rhyme with foist

hoist, joist, moist, unvoiced

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