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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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If the Los Angeles City Council members want someone to blame, why not look at all the do-gooders who blame the police every time a criminal cries foul.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network cries foul, though it has covered this "antigay" crime for a year without once noting in 17 alerts and press releases that Winchell was killed for dating a transwoman.
After getting rid of an innocent man in David Jones on the pretence of giving him `time off' to fight his court case, Lowe then whinges like a baby and cries foul when Hoddle jumps ship to join the first half-decent club to come in for him.
Your office cries foul and insists that your clients cannot get a fair shake.