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  1. foil
    IPA[foil]
  2. verb

    • 1. prevent (something considered wrong or undesirable) from succeeding:

      a brave policewoman foiled the armed robbery
    • 2. frustrate the efforts or plans of:

      Errol Flynn was a dashing Mountie foiling Nazi agents in Canada
    • 3. (of a hunted animal) run over or cross (ground or a scent or track) in such a way as to confuse the hounds.

    noun

    • 1. the track or scent of a hunted animal.

    • 2. a setback in an enterprise; a defeat.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: foil, plural noun: foils

    • noun

      metal hammered or rolled into a thin flexible sheet, used chiefly for covering or wrapping food:

      a person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another:

    • noun

      a light fencing sword without cutting edges but with a button on its point.
    • noun

      each of the winglike structures fitted to a hydrofoil's hull to lift it clear of the water at speed.
    • verb

      prevent (something considered wrong or undesirable) from succeeding:

      frustrate the efforts or plans of:

    • noun

      the track or scent of a hunted animal.

      a setback in an enterprise; a defeat.

    • noun

      metal hammered or rolled into a thin flexible sheet, used chiefly for covering or wrapping food:

      a person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another:

    • noun

      a light, blunt-edged fencing sword with a button on its point.
    • noun

      each of the structures fitted to a hydrofoil's hull to lift it clear of the water at speed.
    • noun

      aluminium foil used for covering or wrapping food:
    • noun

      aluminium foil used for covering or wrapping food:
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