- 1Prevent (something considered wrong or undesirable) from succeeding: a brave policewoman foiled the armed robberyMore example sentences
- A courageous have-a-go hero was threatened with a wooden pole after foiling a late-night theft attempt.
- The security company which foiled the abduction of a baby from a maternity hospital is to create 200 new jobs in a nationwide expansion.
- At around 11 am that day a pensioner foiled another attempted scam by a man and woman in Central Avenue, Gravesend.
- 1.1Frustrate the efforts or plans of: Errol Flynn was a dashing Mountie foiling Nazi agents in CanadaMore example sentences
- My plan was foiled when I asked my sister if she'd accidentally called me, and she said ‘Must have, you're in my calls list!’
- Last night a basketball game foiled my efforts to watch the third from the last ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ episode.
- But thanks to us alert Icelanders (well, me at least) this evil plot is foiled yet again.
- 1.2 Hunting (Of a hunted animal) run over or cross (ground or a scent or track) in such a way as to confuse the hounds.More example sentences
- What's more fun to watch than a trained dog foiling bad guys?
- At the other end Foy was foiled twice before Kilheeney's cross was scrambled clear, as the game swung from end to end.
- They tried to get close to the animal but were foiled by the frustrated beast.
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Middle English (in the sense 'trample down'): perhaps from Old French fouler 'to full cloth, trample', based on Latin fullo 'fuller'. Compare with full2.
- 1Metal hammered or rolled into a thin flexible sheet, used chiefly for covering or wrapping food: aluminum foilMore example sentences
- When the photon hits an object, that object recoils - you can measure this using a thin sheet of foil in a vacuum.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and brush with olive oil.
- Tom carefully arranged the bacon on a sheet covered with aluminum foil.
- 2A person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another: the earthy taste of grilled vegetables is a perfect foil for the tart bite of creamy goat cheeseMore example sentences
- Qualities such as these make goddesses a perfect foil to counter new forms of cultural colonisation.
- ‘Sutton is the perfect foil for a more mobile striker, and in his Blackburn days Shearer performed that role,’ the defender states.
- He was a great ‘reacter,’ which made him the perfect foil for Stan and Ollie.
- 2.1A thin leaf of metal placed under a precious stone to increase its brilliance.More example sentences
- Metal foils are available, with embossed aluminum most popular.
- Additionally, I love combining the pewter with other metal foils such as copper and brass foil, as well as using metal paints and glass beads.
- The final inclusion is a thin foil case badge saying simply ‘Geared by MSI’.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin folium 'leaf'.
- A light fencing sword without cutting edges but with a button on its point.More example sentences
- Each adversary was dressed in a white jacket, the buttons of their foils were dipped in liquid; that of Lapiere's red, Le Brun's black.
- The very design of the Italian foil and épée is based on the rapier prototype.
- What is the compelling reason for beginning your fencing career with the foil?
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- Put another way, you could equip 8.5 classical foilists for the cost of 3 Olympic foilists.
- The modern sabreur plays a game of priority of one cut over another cut and like the foilist, creates situations and provokes responses from the opponent to allow him to score points.
- The visitors took the first leg, before Oxford came back with strong displays from the foilists and épéeists to wrap up the contest.
late 16th century: of unknown origin.
- Each of the winglike structures fitted to a hydrofoil’s hull to lift it clear of the water at speed.More example sentences
- Roller-furling headsails should be removed from the foils not only do they create windage but the chance of their unrolling is great.
- Because the foils are fine they react very well indeed - the positive side of having the ballast in the hull.
- The greater the pressure, the smaller the diameter the ruptured foil would be.