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cry foul

To protest against something that has happened. A: "How could you go through my things without asking?" B: "Oh, don't cry foul—I was just looking for my sweater and I found it. It's not a big deal." Dad cried foul when I forgot to put gas in his car after borrowing it.
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cry foul

protest strongly about a real or imagined wrong or injustice.
Foul in this context means foul play , a violation of the rules of a game to which attention is drawn by shouting ‘foul!’
1998 Times She can't cry foul when subjected to fair and standard competition.
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ˌcry ˈfoul

(informal) complain that somebody else has done something wrong or unfair: When the Labour party candidate didn’t win the election, he cried foul and demanded a recount.
In sport, a foul is an action that is against the rules of the game.
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It is to Mayor Jim Ledford, and it is to husband-and-wife mayoral and City Council candidates Desmond Kester and Marta Williamson-Kester, who are crying foul about the mayor's political campaign mailer depicting them as West Palmdale residents.
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Although the state of Israel is only 54 years old and has never legally owned all of Palestine, it sees nothing wrong in occupying other people's land beyond its own internationally-recognised borders and then crying foul when those people object.
But immigration critics are crying foul, charging that the NRC panel's narrow focus prevented it from analyzing the considerable negative fallout from immigration.
Olshan, and on the surface appears to save the state money, the owners of 351 Park Avenue South are crying foul.
PALMDALE - Highland High School students are crying foul over plans to get rid of the school's storm water catch basin, whose reed-filled freshwater pond has become home to ducks, turtles, bluegill and other wildlife.
FIVE hundred businesses in Galway city are crying foul this morning over a new law meaning they have to keep their rubbish inside their premises until the binmen arrive.
Writer Chad Graham states that "the Right insinuates its message into the mainstream media while crying foul about news organizations' supposed liberal bias.
It also produced an agreement that both sides agreed to extend in 1997, which is why Robitaille doesn't quite get why owners now are crying foul.
This may be why some rabbis are crying foul over the museum: Moral imperatives aside, nothing irks some people more than having their victimhood co-opted.