June 13, 2016
- foist (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to pass off (something false) as genuine
- How do you use it?
- Informed tourists realize that people who sell designer wristwatches at very low prices on street corners are trying to foist cheap imitations on gullible people.
- Are you a word wiz?
One of the sentences below uses the word "foist" correctly. Which one do you think it is that's not trying to foist anything fake on you?Picking D shows that you can't be fooled by imitations. Sentence A describes a joint effort to "foil" the criminals, that is, to prevent them from achieving their goal. The movers in B are attempting to "hoist" the piano, or raise it into position by mechanical means, probably pulleys. You can throw out C because it uses the verb "foist" in place of the noun "foyer," which refers to a lobby or entrance hallway. That leaves D as the genuine article, even though the politician isn't.