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foist (someone something) (up)on (one)

To force or impose unwanted or worthless person or thing on one. Why are you trying to foist all of these old hats on me? You're just trying to clear 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 something) off on (one)

To force or impose unwanted or worthless person or thing on one. The object of "foist" can be used between "off" and "on" instead. They're always foisting off their worst employees on our branch. With Hollywood always foisting garbage off on us, it's a breath of fresh air when a quality film appears in theaters. Why are you trying to foist all of these old hats off on me? You're just trying to clear out your attic, aren't you?
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foist off

To force or impose unwanted or worthless person or thing on someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "foist" and "off." They're always foisting off their worst employees on our branch. With Hollywood always foisting garbage off, it's a breath of fresh air when a quality film appears in theaters. Why are you trying to foist all of these old hats off all of a sudden? You're just trying to clear out your attic, aren't you?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

foist off on

v.
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.
See also: foist, off, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In their letter, Sass and Needleman state that human volunteer studies conducted with pesticides are scientifically misleading and are foisted on the U.S.
"The pictures we hold of politicians are rarely just manufactured and foisted upon us.
Just last year at a Christian Coalition conference in Washington, Robertson called separation a "distortion" and a "lie foisted on us."
He certainly was foisted on the St Helens Labour Party and had never been to the constituency until he was adopted.
Add to that the fact that neither had ever worked as an actor before, and you have to assume some madly inspired casting director foisted them upon director Arteta to play Day simpleton Buck's heterosexual foils.
My complaint (apart from there being too much glass) is that the politicians foisted an over-designed and under-filled Mackintosh Interpretation Centre on the institution, on the tired old assumption that Toshie equals tourism equals money.
(This past October, I was one of the speakers at the conference of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators and could see that African American educators on the scene were well aware of the deleterious effects of the voucher plan foisted on the city by politicians in Madison.)
Over the course of two centuries even Shakespeare's personality, about which "very little in fact is known" (121), was manufactured in positive terms through negative anecdotes and attributes foisted upon Jonson.
Further, that subsidy is foisted upon owners as a class instead of society as a whole through taxation.
Carducci's beef is that rock critics have foisted their postcounterculture, left/liberal agenda onto their subject matter.
It was Nixon's posthumous rehabilitation - his final metamorphosis into still another "new Nixon," the last of the dozen or so transmogrifications he had foisted off on the gullible news media and a susceptible public over the years.
From the monthly meeting of the Little Sisters Aid Society for Underprivileged Leprechauns, to the MCXXVII Annual Symposium on Technopeasants, to state dinners, speakers -- already coerced into talking to audiences who'd rather be somewhere else -- tremble in high anxiety waiting to see what new mementos will be foisted upon them.
We had a referendum in the North East not to have an elected mayor for the region and yet we are having one foisted on us by the government.
Has she also become afflicted with Alzheimer's disease so serious that she has no remembrance of the unspeakable wickedness the conjugal dictators foisted on the country?
SO despite voting against an elected mayor, it looks like we are having one foisted upon us.