cry foul

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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This is not the time to cry foul about consultations and dialogue.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Dec 18 (ANI): Former Chief Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla on Monday asserted that political parties or candidate tended to cry foul and blame the electronic voting machines (EVMs) when they are losing the elections.
We stay in the EU, though the Brexiteers will cry foul and demand a future referendum.
Those whose candidates get selected feel rewarded, while those who are not able to get their men inside the system cry foul.
Privacy campaigners who cry foul are failing to clock the problem is with technology not democracy.
Aston Christians cry foul over Villa's Easter Sunday Liverpool clash.
Summary: With reference to Khaleej Times report headlined 'Commuters cry foul over hike in Metro charges' published on August 8, here is an update on metro fares for different trips:
I submit that speakers who cry foul pressure opponents to repair or abandon questionable tactics by making a norm determinate, and by making manifest the badness of the tactic and that the speaker is exercising forbearance.
People there will cry foul against inauthenticity in a second.
ROYLE family star Ricky Tomlinson visited Warwickshire to cry foul over irresponsible dog owners.
IT'S tempting to cry foul when a manager scoops pounds 4million from a lucky dip ticket bought in his own shop.
Not content with blaming poor crowd control on ManYoo fans, they are continuing to cry foul over Giggs' "controversial" free-kick.
Tory MP Hugo Swire said: "Greenwich is in the position where if it is successful, its competitors will cry foul.
Toledo's handlers, realizing that an upcoming debate with Fujimori could finish their candidate off, had Toledo drop out of the race in May 2000 and cry foul.
It's another thing to cry foul about the new economy, where corporations start in the garage or the attic, and are organized around stock options rather than "exploitation.