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foist (something) (up)on (one)

To force or impose something unwanted or worthless on one. Why are you trying to foist all of these old hats on me? You're cleaning out your attic, aren't you? With Hollywood always foisting garbage upon us, it's a breath of fresh air when a quality film appears in theaters.
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foist someone or something off (on someone or something)

to cast someone or something unwanted off on someone or a group. Please don't try to foist cheap merchandise off on me. Don't foist off your brother on me! You can't foist that stuff off! It's worthless! People won't buy it!
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foist off on

To force something, especially something unwanted, worthless, or false, on someone: She foisted off the furniture on the new owners. The peddler foisted his wares off on the unsuspecting crowd.
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16) For several subsequent years up to and including 1561 he refers to this escort boat as either a pinnace or a foist, and in each case describes it as gaily decorated with many flags and pennons, and as having trumpets and drums in addition to the cannon fire.
and ther was a goodly foist mad [made, prepared for use] with stremars, targatts [targets, painted shields], and banars, and [arms], and grett shutying of gunes and trumpettes blohyng.
a great boat or foist with mast and topcastle and all things including ordnance' is important for demonstrating how an ordinary foist, great boat, galley, or pinnace became a galley-foist.
The Haberdashers have a list of requirements for land and water shows that is repeated almost word for word for decades: 'a faine [fine] pageant a gallie foist fyre works banners' (1600; repeated with minor variations 1601, 1604, 1620, 1627, 1631, 1632, 1637).
A Country Gentleman comming downe Westward by water to London, vpon the day when my Lord Maiors Galley Foist was in all her holliday attire, and seeing such triumphing on the Theames, but not knowing the cause, demanded of his Waterman why there was such drumming and piping, and trumpetting, and wherefore all those Barges (like so many Water-pageants) were caryed vp and downe so gaylie with Flags and Streamers?
Ther's an old Lawyer, Trim'd up like a Gally Foist.
there's a Pinnace (Was mann'd out first by th'City,) is come to th'Court, New rigg'd, a very painted Gally foist, And yet our Spanish Caruils, the Armada Or our great vessels dare not stirre for her.