Definition of foul play noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    foul play

    BrE BrE//ˌfaʊl ˈpleɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfaʊl ˈpleɪ//
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  1. 1criminal or violent activity that causes somebody’s death Police immediately began an investigation, but did not suspect foul play (= did not suspect that the person had been murdered). The police found no evidence of foul play. The police have ruled out foul play in the case of his death.
  2. 2(British English) dishonest or unfair behaviour, especially during a sports game He was sent off for foul play.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foul play