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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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December reports that the Pentagon was spying on university student groups that opposed the military's antigay "don't ask, don't tell" policy had gays and their allies crying foul. But does the spying stop there?
Although the state of Israel is only 54 years old and has never legally owned all of Palestine, it sees nothing wrong in occupying other people's land beyond its own internationally-recognised borders and then crying foul when those people object.
But immigration critics are crying foul, charging that the NRC panel's narrow focus prevented it from analyzing the considerable negative fallout from immigration.
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The drop has some observers crying foul. CAGW "was either very naive or simplistic about which votes they chose to rate or they selected votes deliberately designed to boost Democrats' scores," says political economist Daniel Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation.
Summary: Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec 31 (ANI): With the opposition Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) crying foul over rigging, fraud and government intimidation in recently-held parliamentary elections, the Bangladesh Election Commission on Monday rejected their claims, ruling out any chance of re-election.
SEVERAL political parties are crying foul after losing in elections.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said Thursday that Opposition Leader in the National Assembly knew that his party will get a drubbing in the coming Local Government and general elections,so he has started crying foul. "Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was afraid of going to the court of the masses,where they will be judged by the masses and they have started creating excuses for their defeat in elections," he said.
But the out gay men behind the show are furiously crying foul. "It's unfortunate that a group as well-intentioned as GLAAD is going to set themselves up as censors and judge what other people should be allowed to air or see," says comedy writer and occasional Advocate contributor Christian McLaughlin, the creative consultant on Seriously, Dude.
LEICESTER City will dump Robbie Savage in the Toiletgate row - and the Welsh star is crying foul about his treatment.
Instead of crying foul, the political parties who ruled this country for decades should do some soul-searching.
Summary: Karachi [Pakistan], Jul 23 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan launched a veiled jibe at his political rivals - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP), claiming that those who rigged the 2013 general elections are now crying foul.