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foul play

Unspecified criminal or unscrupulous actions, especially violence when stated as the potential cause of a death or disappearance. That actor actually died of a heart attack—there was no foul play after all. When that much money goes missing, you have to start to suspect foul play.
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foul play

illegal activity; bad practices. The police investigating the death suspect foul play. Each student got an A on the test, and the teacher imagined it was the result of foul play.
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foul play

Unfair or treacherous action, especially involving violence. For example, The police suspected he had met with foul play. This term originally was and still is applied to unfair conduct in a sport or game and was being used figuratively by the late 1500s. Shakespeare used it in The Tempest (1:2): "What foul play had we, that we came from thence?"
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It is difficult to imagine how an act of foul play of this sort could be worse, save for repeated acts or where actual injury is caused."
Moriarty admitted the act of foul play, accepted the red card and apologised for his actions.
Dubai Police said initial investigation showed no foul play at the crime scene.
The study used video clips filmed with the help of players who were asked to simulate a variety of foul play scenarios.
Asked directly if he suspected foul play, he replied: "I think so.
Seems like there's a lot of violent foul play in this game with "innate superiority"?
The children were returned to the family when the medical examiner found no evidence of foul play.
Roger Glasgow, the brother of John Glasgow, whose remains were found Wednesday on Petit Jean Mountain, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon that he suspects foul play in his brother's death.
'No foul play' The ROP official said there was no evidence of foul play and the victim's body was handed over to his family on Friday.
THE CBI has ruled out foul play in the death of Union Minister Gopinath Munde four months ago, claiming that the politician died due to injuries sustained in a road accident.
-- The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday they fear she is the victim of ''foul play,'' and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station.
JASON Steele will miss Boro's next three games after the FA confirmed he was sent off at Leeds for serious foul play.
The Orthodox Church has refuted initial reports that authorities may suspect foul play, saying in a statement that athe information in the mass media of a violent death is not confirmed in any way at this stage by the Varna police.a
Police are trying to determine if the death of a Canadian woman who was missing for weeks before her body was found wedged into a water tank atop a Los Angeles hotel was the result of foul play or an accident.