foisted; foisting; foists

Did your parents foist your baby sister on you when they went out? It means they forced her on you. Anything — a person or object or idea — can be foisted if it's done by force upon an unwilling party.

Foist used to imply a degree of deception rather than just brute force, but that's a meaning that's pretty much lost now: if something's foisted upon you, you know about it. The earlier meaning comes from an old Dutch term for palming a loaded die into a game. Today we call that cheating.

Definitions of foist
  1. verb
    force onto another
    “He foisted his work on me”
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    type of:
    bring down, impose, inflict, visit
    impose something unpleasant
  2. verb
    insert surreptitiously or without warrant
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