foul play


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

foul play

n.
1. Intentionally violent or injurious behavior, especially that suggestive of a criminal act.
2. Inappropriate, unethical, or unlawful conduct, especially to disadvantage an opponent.

foul play

n
1. unfair or treacherous conduct esp with violence
2. (Team Sports, other than specified) a violation of the rules in a game or sport

foul′ play′


n.
violent mischief, esp. murder.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foul play - unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
evil, wickedness, immorality, iniquity - morally objectionable behavior

foul play

Translations
جَريمَة قَتْل
zločin
forbrydelse
glæpur

foul play

n
(Sport) → unfaires or regelwidriges Spiel; (= fouls)Fouls pl
(fig)Unredlichkeiten pl; the police do not suspect foul playdie Polizei hat keinen Verdacht auf einen unnatürlichen or gewaltsamen Tod; there was no evidence of foul playes gab keine Beweise, die auf Mord or einen gewaltsamen Tod schließen ließen

foul play

n
a. (murder) → delitto, atto criminale; (dishonesty) → imbroglio, raggiro
the police suspect foul play → la polizia sospetta si tratti di un delitto
a body has been found, but foul play is not suspected → è stato rinvenuto un cadavere, ma si è scartata l'ipotesi di un omicidio
b. (Sport) → gioco scorretto

foul

(faul) adjective
1. (especially of smell or taste) causing disgust. a foul smell.
2. very unpleasant; nasty. a foul mess.
noun
an action etc which breaks the rules of a game. The other team committed a foul.
verb
1. to break the rules of a game (against). He fouled his opponent.
2. to make dirty, especially with faeces. Dogs often foul the pavement.
foul play
a criminal act, especially involving murder. A man has been found dead and the police suspect foul play.
References in classic literature ?
I think there's been foul play," said Poole, hoarsely.
I told her that I suspected foul play, that I followed you both and found her father left to the tender mercies of the savages, deserted by you in the bush.
Stories of foul play and successive murders had always been rife, but never were authenticated.
No, there was no more foul play that I know of; and if there was, I don't care.
Barnabas Shuttleworthy -- one of the wealthiest and most respectable citizens of the borough -- had been missing for several days under circumstances which gave rise to suspicion of foul play.
Though she spoke guardedly, her next words revealed suspicions of foul play lurking in her mind--exactly reflecting similar suspicions lurking in Crayford's mind--which so distressed the lieutenant, and so surprised his comrades, as to render them quite incapable of answering her.
Yes, time is an advantage if--if--there has been foul play.
Foul play somewhere--and you and I must find it out.
He falls a shaking worse, and he says, "There WAS foul play then.
And as the French say of the Duke of Wellington, who never suffered a defeat, that only an astonishing series of lucky accidents enabled him to be an invariable winner; yet even they allow that he cheated at Waterloo, and was enabled to win the last great trick: so it was hinted at headquarters in England that some foul play must have taken place in order to account for the continuous successes of Colonel Crawley.
Jasper's self-absorption in his nephew when he was alive, and his unceasing pursuit of the inquiry how he came by his death, if he were dead, were themes so rife in the place, that no one appeared able to suspect the possibility of foul play at his hands.
There was nothing in the handwriting, there was no expression in any part of the letter which could suggest to her mind the faintest suspicion of foul play.