foul play


Definition of foul play 

: violence especially : murder

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foul play


force, violence



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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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His wife, suspecting foul play, confronts him in the kitchen and accuses him of having a lover. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 Barack and Joe, convinced of foul play, set out to solve the mystery. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: End of the Rainbow," 5 July 2018 The Warren County Sheriff's Office began investigating, but foul play has been ruled out. Keith Bierygolick,, "How does a 33-year-old die two months after moving here from India? A coroner's report now provides some answers," 15 June 2018 Detectives from Washington County and the Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate but do not believe the incident involved foul play, according to the release. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "6-year-old girl in southern Indiana dies after an accidental gunshot wound," 14 July 2018 The cause of death remains under investigation but foul play does not appear to have been involved, officials said. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Woman's body found outside LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch," 12 July 2018 Instead, players are expected to to display honest, fair judgment in regards to rule-following and calling foul plays. Madeline Mitchell,, "Ultimate Frisbee is likely to fly into the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games. You can see the world's top players here in Greater Cincinnati," 12 July 2018 With Jornet, there have been occasional whispers of foul play but nothing concrete, just garden-variety trolling and speculation that could reasonably be chalked up to professional jealousy. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Kee's death appears to be a swimming accident, and no foul play is believed to be involved, the sheriff's office said in a release. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Kansas City teen identified as victim of drowning in Hillsdale Lake in Miami County," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of foul play

: criminal violence or murder

: unfair or dishonest acts

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