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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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Serious foul play means things like going in with pace or with intent or going in with your studs showing and therefore endangering your opponent.
Since the investigations led to no evidence about foul play or crime as specified in the penal code, the prosecution ordered administrative shelving of the case.
Later on in the day, security official confirmed foul play, but opted to remain anonymous as he is not authorised to talk to the press.
The last yellow card he received was more than two years ago (with Ulster) and he has never once received a yellow card for any form of foul play.
Scott Nowland, the independent citing commissioner, initially determined there had been no acts of foul play after watching camera angles provided by the host broadcaster Sky NZ, with neither side referring to an alleged incident for him to review.
Sources said there were no signs of foul play in the house.
It emerged yesterday gardai have obtained vital information from the missing woman's computer records which has effectively led to them dismissing a motive of foul play.
Saru have now released an official apology from president Oregan Hoskins and De Villiers saying they jointly condemned foul play.
Officials have confirmed the post mortem revealed no obvious signs of foul play but say further tests will be required, which could take several weeks.
BEIRUT: Judicial sources said Thursday that initial investigations into a car accident that claimed the life of a bodyguard for Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar, and resulted in injuries to the minister and his wife, indicate no sign of foul play.
e, an offence punishable by a free-kick (or a penalty-kick), thus denying the attacking player's team the aforesaid goal-scoring opportunity, the offending player shall be sent off the field of play for serious foul play.
The governorate in Abha asked the Special Crimes Unit to reinvestigate the case when it received the police report that ruled out foul play in the death," Abdul Lateef Mohammed Lafeer, Sri Lankan consul general in Jeddah, told Arab News.
The world governing body had asked the FA to increase the Blues defender's punishment after he was suspended for three matches after being sent off for serious foul play.
Officials declined to disclose the victims' identities but said there is evidence pointing to foul play.
The third leading theory--and as you can see, the first two seem to be sort of eliminated--is that there was some form of foul play, that some form of strangulation or violence occurred, and again at the hand of the husband possibly, that actions were taken that caused her for about five minutes to not have oxygen reach into her brain," Gibbs said.