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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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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 21 ( ANI ): Wife of one of the officials of Firestar group arrested in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) - Nirav Modi fraud case, has cried foul at his arrest, alleging that the celebrity jeweler is the sole culprit behind the scam.
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Yet, unthinkably, Deep Blue emerged victorious--and as the media pondered the ramifications, Kasparov cried foul play.
Some lawmakers cried foul after House Speaker Thomas Finneran, a Democrat, insisted that the matter be on the agenda.
The Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit cried foul, ruling that Taxman's firing violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that race can only be used to remedy past discrimination.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] January 28 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday cried foul over the minority circular row and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of communalising the issue.
JIMMY WHITE fans have cried foul - and a miss - over his treatment by I'm A Celebrity producers.
A Special Protection Group ( SPG) driver cried foul after he was booked for allegedly restraining the son of a Pakistani diplomat in Chanakyapuri on Wednesday.
Fans are being fleeced and it is time someone cried foul