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foul

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1 to make dirty
  • The mechanic fouled the bath towels with axle grease.
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2 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable
  • industrial pollution fouling the water supply
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4 to go through decomposition
  • Unless you want to smell the organic refuse as it fouls, locate the compost heap away from the house.
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fall apart, go to seed (or run to seed)

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foul

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1 marked by wet and windy conditions
  • The foul weather brought out the windbreakers and rain slickers as everyone braced for a day of rough sailing.
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2 not being in accordance with the rules or standards of what is fair in sport
  • an aggressive hockey player who is known for his foul play and readiness for a fight
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below the belt

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5 having an unpleasant smell
  • the foul fumes from the paper mill
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dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it.
    • a dirty littered street
filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears.
    • a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy
foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking.
    • a foul-smelling open sewer
nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness.
    • it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat
In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable.
    • had a nasty fall
    • his answer gave her a nasty shock
squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect.
    • squalid slums
All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness
    • don't ask me to do your dirty work
, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior
    • filthy street language
    • a foul story of lust and greed
, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness.
    • a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor
Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness.
    • engaged in a series of squalid affairs


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