cry foul

Definition of cry foul

chiefly US
: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

cry play
  1. : to utter loudly : shout

  2. : beg, beseech

  3. : to proclaim publicly : advertise

  1. : an instance of crying: such as

  2. : an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

  3. : outcry, clamor

  1. : cold : freezing

foul play
  1. : offensive to the senses : loathsome

  2. : filled or covered with offensive matter

  3. : full of dirt or mud

  1. : something foul

  2. : an entanglement or collision especially in angling or sailing

  3. : an infringement of the rules in a game or sport

  1. : to become or be foul: such as

  2. : decompose, rot

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

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


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