any treacherous or unfair dealing, especially involving murder:
We feared that he had met with foul play.
unfair conduct in a game.
unfair or treacherous conduct esp with violence
a violation of the rules in a game or sport
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?”
noun, Baseball. 1. either of two poles, one on each foul line, being the vertical continuation of the outfield fence or wall, used by the umpire as a sight line in determining whether a fly ball hit near the foul line is a fair or foul ball.
[foulz] /faʊlz/ noun, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology. 1. . [foul] /faʊl/ adjective, fouler, foulest. 1. grossly offensive to the senses; disgustingly loathsome; noisome: a foul smell. 2. containing or characterized by offensive or noisome matter: foul air; foul stagnant water. 3. filthy or dirty, as places, receptacles, clothes, etc. 4. muddy, as […]
noun, Basketball. 1. a throw from the foul line, given a player after a foul has been called against an opponent. 2. a score of one point made on this throw. noun 1. (basketball) an unimpeded shot at the basket from the free-throw line given for a technical fault (one free shot) or a foul […]
noun, Baseball. 1. a pitched ball that glances off the bat into foul territory, usually near the catcher, ruled a strike if the catcher catches it before it hits the ground, otherwise ruled an ordinary foul ball.