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What monosyllable originally denoted "false-die palming" but now means "stealthy insertion"?




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Answer: foist

The word foist derives from the Dutch vuist, fist; it denotes "the surreptitious introduction of the fraudulent".

In Brooklynese, it denotes "that which precedes second."

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