foul play

noun

Definition of foul play

: violence especially : murder

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Examples of foul play in a Sentence

There is no evidence of foul play. the coroner ruled that there was no evidence of foul play
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities said no foul play is suspected, though officials are awaiting autopsy results from the Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office for an official cause of death, Nashville Metropolitan Police Department told PEOPLE. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2022 No foul play is suspected, although an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, police said. CBS News, 22 July 2022 Police say no foul play is suspected in her death, which has been marked as unclassified pending autopsy results from the Medical Examiner's Office. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 21 July 2022 No foul play is suspected in any of the deaths, but their bodies are ready to be released for burial and the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has not been able to locate or notify their relatives. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 July 2022 Although the investigation is in the early stages, no foul play is suspected, according to police. Ahjané Forbes, Hartford Courant, 11 July 2022 Lowell Police Acting Superintendent Barry Golner said earlier Wednesday that investigators had found no evidence suggesting foul play in the boy's disappearance. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 15 June 2022 Over the course of five years, FBI investigators interviewed numerous people, reviewed documents, photos and conducted forensics tests - eventually filing a complaint – listing evidence of possible foul play in Bianca Rudolph's death. CBS News, 16 Apr. 2022 The highway patrol said there were no signs of foul play in the incident and an investigation is not being conducted. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foul play

1546, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foul play was in 1546

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Foul play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foul%20play. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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