foul play


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 Investigators at the time said no foul play was involved. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2021 Police will continue to treat Max’s disappearance as a missing persons case, though the investigation has shifted from possible suspicion of foul play to one of attempting to confirm her overall welfare. al, 20 May 2021 Police said that his death is not considered suspicious and that there were no signs of foul play. NBC News, 6 May 2021 While an autopsy is pending, Sheriff Dan Warwick said there is no evidence of foul play. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 This time, the resident was found deceased, with no signs of foul play. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 From the beginning of his case, rumors swirled that Brooks was a victim of foul play. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 6 Apr. 2021 The sheriff’s office does not suspect foul play in Camacho’s death or in 20-year-old Nathan Orona’s death, Vansant said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2021 Investigators currently don't suspect any foul play in Bolivar's disappearance, according to WPLG. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of foul play

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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7 Jun 2021

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“Foul play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foul play

: criminal violence or murder
: unfair or dishonest acts

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