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.
See also: cry, foul
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LAHORE -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was acting on the "cry foul" policy to divert attention from its incompetence.
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was acting on the "cry foul" policy to divert attention from its incompetence.
LAHORE -- Flour millers in Punjab cry foul as the Sindh food department has suggested lower wheat price.
They should not cry foul when the governor delivers development directly to the people," he said.
I have not seen such transparent elections even in the USA during the time I spent there,' Swati said, adding that failure of the RTS had caused unnecessary doubts in the minds of people and provided an opportunity to the opposition to cry foul and stigmatized PTI's clear-cut victory.
Of course employers would wrongly cry foul and claim they couldn't afford to employ people on increased wages just as they did when New Labour introduced a minimum wage.
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.
Sharif family appears before JIT in full protocol even then they cry foul,' Malik concluded.
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." Ma Maison uses music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which, like McIntyre, updates a classical vocabulary for a contemporary audience.