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Definition of foiled

: ornamented with foils a foiled arch

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Recent Examples on the Web Under Felsenburgh’s direction, the socialist super-state first destroys Rome (in retaliation for a foiled attempt on Julian’s own life), then sets upon the Catholic remnant that has miraculously settled in Nazareth. Jack Butler, National Review, "The End Is Near? Three Apocalyptic Novels," 14 Mar. 2020 In next-door Vermont, another state with a strong tradition of gun ownership, Governor Phil Scott last year signed gun control laws after a foiled school shooting plot. Aidan Ryan,, "Three gun control bills have landed on Sununu’s desk. What’s a N.H. Republican to do?," 8 Aug. 2019 Following two major terrorist attacks and numerous foiled plots, New York City is considered the nation's prime target for terrorists. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "NYPD didn't substantiate any complaints of police bias over 4 years. Report cites need to improve," 27 June 2019 Lawmakers passed sweeping legislation after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 14 students and three staff members and after a foiled school shooting plot in Vermont days later. Ryan J. Foley, Fox News, "AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns," 26 Sep. 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the allegations of a foiled extremist plot a ploy Monday. Fox News, "Austria to lift immunity of Iranian diplomat in bomb plot," 4 July 2018 And just this month, Amal Clooney selected one of his foiled creations — with an extra-long train — for the Met Gala., "Designer Richard Quinn On The Met Gala, The Queen, & Meghan Markle," 31 May 2018 And while thankfully no one dies because of a threat, fake or foiled attacks can be terrifying, too. New York Times, "‘This Is Not a Drill’: 11 Students on the Terror of Lockdowns," 16 Mar. 2018 And while no one dies just because of a threat, fake or foiled attacks can be terrifying, too. Kelly Virella,, "Many students face terror of lockdowns in which threats are not carried out," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foiled

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Foiled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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