Share this entry

Share this page

foul play

Line breaks: foul play

Definition of foul play in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Unfair play in a game or sport: the referee sent off two players for foul play
More 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.
2Criminal or violent behaviour, in particular when resulting in another’s death: the man appeared to have died as a result of a fall, and foul play was not suspected
More 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.
Synonyms
criminal activity, crime, a criminal offence, villainy, murder, criminal violence, criminality
informal dirty deeds

Definition of foul play in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something