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cry foul

Definition of cry foul

chiefly US

  1. :  to complain that someone has done something that is not fair <When her parents gave her a new bicycle, her sisters cried foul.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to utter loudly :  shout

    :  beg, beseech

    :  to proclaim publicly :  advertise

  1. :  an instance of crying: as

    :  an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

    :  outcry, clamor

foulplay
  1. :  offensive to the senses :  loathsome

    :  filled or covered with offensive matter

    :  full of dirt or mud

  1. :  something foul

    :  an entanglement or collision especially in angling or sailing

    :  an infringement of the rules in a game or sport

  1. :  to become or be foul: as

    :  decompose, rot

    :  to become encrusted, clogged, or choked with a foreign substance

  1. :  in a foul manner :  so as to be foul


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