American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Unfair or treacherous action, especially when involving violence.
- n. Unfair, unethical, or criminal behavior, especially of a malicious or violent nature.
- n. Any violation of rules.
- n. unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
““There is one comfort,” said Alceste slowly, after a pause, “no foul play can be suspected with regard to the death of Mrs. Hampstead.”
“So halting at the first halting-place they agreed to play him false and take all he had; but at the same time, each inwardly plotted foul play to the other, saying in his mind, “If I can cheat my comrade, times will go well with me and I shall have all these goods for myself.””
“This led many who were in favor of Mr. Gafney, to feel that there was foul play by Dr. Ray, the contestant.”
“Morgan's foul play was no part of Pyra's effort, though Demoness Fornax was evidently using her to force the issue.”
“Now they had been sitting with the merchant; so when they left him and were long absent from him, he sought for tidings of them and found the twain lying dead; whereby he knew that they were sharpers who had plotted to play him foul, but their foul play had recoiled upon themselves.”
“Her first thought would no doubt be to consult a solicitor in Leahampton, and unless she already had the idea of foul play in her mind, there was nothing to deter her from doing so.”
“But if the scumbag has met with foul play — the secretary’s convinced — I figured these names might come in handy.”
“Then Escambia County Judge Russell Cole ruled there was no probable cause to believe that the death of Lathern Broughton was a result of a criminal act, criminal negligence or foul play on the part of deputies.”
““Mugging’s reasonably foul play all by itself, but no, there’s no official suspicion.”
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