foul play

noun
1 criminal activity
VERB + FOUL PLAY
suspect
rule out (esp. BrE)

The police have ruled out foul play in their investigation of his death.

PHRASES
evidence of foul play

The police found no evidence of foul play.

2 (BrE) play that is against the rules
ADJECTIVE
deliberate, serious
VERB + FOUL PLAY
be guilty of

He was clearly guilty of foul play and deserved to be sent off.


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  • foul play — {n.} Treachery; a criminal act (such as murder). * /After they discovered the dead body, the police suspected foul play./ * / She must have met with foul play, the chief inspector said when they couldn t find the 12 year old girl who had… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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