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foul play

illegal activity; bad practices. The police investigating the death suspect foul play. Each student got an A on the test, and the teacher imagined it was the result of foul play.
See also: foul, play

foul play

 
1. actions which are not fair or honest A virus wiped out all our computer-held records. We suspect foul play on the part of an ex-employee.
2. murder It's not clear why the man drowned, but the police haven't ruled out foul play.
See fall foul of, fall foul of
See also: foul, play

foul play

Unfair or treacherous action, especially involving violence. For example, The police suspected he had met with foul play. This term originally was and still is applied to unfair conduct in a sport or game and was being used figuratively by the late 1500s. Shakespeare used it in The Tempest (1:2): "What foul play had we, that we came from thence?"
See also: foul, play
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It is ironic that two former England captains should speak when the current skipper Martin Johnson is serving a five-week ban for foul play.
That we increase our video coverage of all premier games and that this person be responsible for making decisions on any foul play guided by a list of WRU sanctions.
But because of what we knew of Baker and the circumstances, the more we got into the case the more evidence we uncovered of foul play.
Seems like there's a lot of violent foul play in this game with "innate superiority"?
The Cyprus News Agency reported that British bases police, under whose jurisdiction the area comes, did not suspect foul play.
Roger said he suspects foul play, even though there's been no evidence to support it.
Pape could have been banned for up to 15 weeks but the committee took account of "the player's admission of foul play and his expression of remorse for what had occurred".
Finger prints and evidence have been lifted from the villa and the police are interrogating the deceased's family and friends as they have not yet ruled out either foul play or suicide.
THE CBI has ruled out foul play in the death of Union Minister Gopinath Munde four months ago, claiming that the politician died due to injuries sustained in a road accident.
It is totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play.
He also told the media that prima facie it doesn't seem to be a case of foul play, neither were there any injuries on the body.
The 17-year-old, believed to be from Ajman, may have been a victim of foul play, said police on Friday.
The Public Prosecution yesterday ruled out foul play and said the inmate had a history of chronic illness.
With regard to Brown, who was dismissed for serious foul play during Saturday's game at Stoke City, the claim was upheld.
JASON Steele will miss Boro's next three games after the FA confirmed he was sent off at Leeds for serious foul play.