foul play


Definition of foul play

: violence especially : murder

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Synonyms for foul play


blood, homicide, murder, rubout, slaying

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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

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The local police ruled out foul play and suicide but did not release the cause of Skaggs’ death. Maria Torres,, "Mike Trout wears No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggs during AL's All-Star game win," 9 July 2019 Police announced no foul play is suspected and the investigation is ongoing. Jenna West,, "Andrew Heaney Honors Tyler Skaggs by Throwing Late Pitcher's Signature Slow Curve for First Pitch," 6 July 2019 Autopsy results were pending further tests, but the office said foul play was not expected. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Man on parole for double murder found hanged to death in jail cell after arrest on gun charges," 3 July 2019 Authorities in Texas have for now ruled out foul play and suicide as causes of death; autopsy results are pending. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Nationals' Patrick Corbin honors friend Tyler Skaggs by wearing his jersey number," 2 July 2019 Police said neither foul play nor suicide are suspected, according to the Los Angeles Times. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Tyler Skaggs' death adds to the Angels' heartbreaking losses. He is the third young player to die in a decade," 2 July 2019 Dixon told the paper that police did not suspect foul play but were investigating due to Few's age and the possibility that alcohol was a factor in the fall. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Clemson student, 20, falls off house roof to his death, report says," 1 July 2019 According to the State Department, there has been no evidence of foul play and no sign that the deaths are connected. Gina Martinez, Time, "Dominican-American Congressman Says He's 'Concerned' After Deaths, but They Shouldn't Stop Tourist Visits," 22 June 2019 While foul play is not apparent at this time, an investigation is still underway. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz County authorities find missing teen’s body," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of foul play

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2019

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The first known use of foul play was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of foul play

: criminal violence or murder
: unfair or dishonest acts

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