• "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
    "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Foule Foully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game
    • n Foule fōō-lā′ a light woollen dress material with a glossy surface.
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “For nothing can seem foul to those that win.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.”
  • Frances E. Willard
    Frances E. Willard
    “Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.”


Foul play - If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
No harm, no foul - There's no problem when no harm or damage is done, such as the time my sister-in-law stole the name we'd chosen for a boy and we both ended up having girls.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

He let two wide ones pass, and fouled when a bender cut a corner.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
It makes them extremely leeward, makes them sink deep into the seas, makes them labour in foul weather, and ofttimes overset.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
We found that the way to measure the depth was to begin at the Throne, and go down to the Cross, and to the foul abysses of evil.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
You, who boast of playing the game, and not fouling the pitch!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Why does he hate this foul ogre of a Blackbeard?
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
It is a foul to break through the ranks or to tag across the clasped hands.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The scene was incongruous, the smart uniforms of the immaculately kept staff officers contrasting strangely with our own unkempt foulness.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Funnels for clearing ships' holds of foul air, on the principle of the rarefying power of heat.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Phil determined to spare no means, fair or foul, to secure Ben's release from the clutches of these devils.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Are a sour stomach and foul intestinal canal fit receptacles for food and liquids?
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison

In poetry:

"If all that I have loved and seen
Be with me on the Judgment Day,
I shall be saved the crowd between
From Satan and his foul array.
"The Death and Last Confession of Wandering Peter" by Hilaire Belloc
"Your castles and your towres, father,
Are stronglye built aboute;
And therefore of that foule paynim
Wee neede not stande in doubte.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
"What wight art thou," the ladye sayd,
"That wilt not speake to mee;
Sir, I may chance to ease thy paine,
Though I bee foule to see."
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
The foul reproach, so grossly urg'd,
His generous heart did wound;
And strait he vow'd he ne'er would rest
Till he his parents found.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
The turtle then in palm trees mourns,
While owls and satyrs howl:
The pleasant land to brimstone turns,
And all her streams grow foul.
"The Bird" by Henry Vaughan
And the foul things, darkly winging,
Dart from forth the hidden cleft;
And, of all the day was bringing,
But the morrow's hope is left.
"The Last Night" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Fracking is too important to foul up .
Newark airport security foul-up , delays point to TSA failings.
Tom Crean's awkward Twitter foul-up .
Tigers' Brennan Boesch draws ire with poor hitting, fielding foul-up .
Little accounting for $526M Indiana foul-up .
Mortgage servicer's foul-up almost loses him his house.
An animal-rights group is criticizing researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center for a foul-up last April that left two monkeys dead.
She says a pharmacy foul-up is causing her to go blind.
Send photos of your four-wheeling foul-up s to Whoops.
Democrats Rue Ballot Foul-Up In a 2nd County.
Foul-mouthed school bus driver fired after breaking up fight between students.
A driver zapped for using a cell phone in a clearly marked La Joya school zone, went on a foul-mouthed rant at the Speedzapper.
Foul-mouthed parrot seeks new home in UK.
John Isner survives challenge of foul-mouthed Xavier Malisse.
Through oil- fouled water, big government looks better and better.

In science:

To do this, however, it will be necessary to devise some scheme for treating these very small scales that does not fall foul of the Courant time constraint discussed previously.
The First Stars
One particular setting is a referee deciding whether a player has committed a foul using his or her noisy observation as well as prior experience.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Players commit fouls at different rates; some players are dirtier or more aggressive than others.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
It is this rate which is the prior probability for the ‘foul committed’ state.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Let us consider the particular setting for human decision making mentioned in Section I: a referee determining whether a player has committed a foul or not using both his or her noisy observation and prior experience.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing