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 herMore 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.
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).