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foul British & World English

Offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste or being dirty

foul English Thesaurus

the skunk produces a foul stench

foul-up British & World English

A problem caused by a stupid mistake

foul-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

cry foul British & World English

Protest strongly about a real or imagined wrong or injustice

foul ball British & World English

A ball struck so that it falls outside the lines drawn from home plate down to the first and third bases

foul line British & World English

Either of the straight lines extending from home plate down to the first and third bases and marking the limit of the playing area, within which a hit is deemed to be fair

foul play British & World English

Unfair play in a game or sport

foul tip British & World English

A pitched ball that tips off the bat and travels directly to the catcher’s hands. Unlike a foul ball, a foul tip can be a batter’s third strike

foul play English Thesaurus

he died of a head wound, but foul play is not suspected

foul brood British & World English

A fatal bacterial disease of larval honeybees

foul mouth British & World English

A tendency to use bad language

foul hawse British & World English

A situation in which an anchored ship’s port and starboard cables are crossed

foul-mouthed British & World English

Using or characterized by a great deal of bad language

foul-smelling British & World English

Having an extremely unpleasant smell

foul-tasting British & World English

Having a disgusting taste

foul-tempered British & World English

Easily angered; having a bad temper

personal foul British & World English

A rule violation involving illegal contact, as (in basketball) touching a player who is in the act of shooting

foul-mouthed English Thesaurus

a drunken, foul-mouthed yob

fall foul of British & World English

Come into conflict with

run foul of British & World English

Collide or become entangled with (an obstacle or another vessel)

technical foul British & World English

A foul which does not involve contact between opponents

foul one's nest British & World English

Do something damaging or harmful to oneself or one’s own interests

professional foul British & World English

(Especially in soccer) a deliberate foul to deny an opponent an advantageous position

foul something up British & World English

Make a mistake with or spoil something

foul with in foul British & World English

Clogged or choked with

foul oneself in foul British & World English

(Of a person) defecate involuntarily

by fair means or foul British & World English

Using whatever means are necessary

foul something up in foul British & World English

Make a mistake with or spoil something

cry foul in cry British & World English

Protest strongly about a real or imagined wrong or injustice

foul hawse in hawse British & World English

A situation in which an anchored ship’s port and starboard cables are crossed

run foul of in run British & World English

Collide or become entangled with (an obstacle or another vessel)

fall foul of in fall British & World English

Come into conflict with

foul one's nest in foul British & World English

Do something damaging or harmful to oneself or one’s own interests

by fair means or foul in fair1 British & World English

Using whatever means are necessary

run foul or chiefly North American afoul of in run British & World English

Collide or become entangled with (an obstacle or another vessel)

foul one's own nest in foul British & World English

Do something damaging or harmful to oneself or one’s own interests


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