Definition of foul play in English:

foul play

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[mass noun]
1Unfair play in a game or sport: the referee sent off two players for foul play
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  • 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
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  • 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.
criminal activity, crime, a criminal offence, villainy, murder, criminal violence, criminality
informal dirty deeds

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