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foul play

Syllabification: foul play

Definition of foul play in English:

noun

1Unfair play in a game or sport.
Example sentences
  • Surely assisting the referee with decisions on foul play would assist the ref as well.
  • The referee awarded only a penalty for the foul play, and the full-back remained on the field.
  • This glorious sport must be freed from brutality and foul play.
2Unlawful or dishonest behavior, in particular violent crime resulting in another’s death.
Example sentences
  • No cause of death was given but foul play is not suspected.
  • The circumstances of his death excited questions of foul play.
  • Police in Northern Ireland have ruled out any foul play in Fulton's death.

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