Foul bill

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foul bill a certificate, duly authenticated, that a ship has come from a place where a contagious disorder prevails, or that some of the crew are infected.
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Usage

In literature:

Bill Day said he be blamed of that little Dutch gal's takin' on so didn't kinder make him foul sorter scrimpshous you know.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
From Smyrna he sailed in a vessel with a foul bill of health to Venice, where he became an inmate of a lazaretto.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
But if Bill Lang and his father had met with foul play, why were the bodies ever recovered?
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Bill ran foul of Pete.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
He against whom a bill was twice fouled, was liable to the penalty of death.
"Border Raids and Reivers" by Robert Borland
A bill of health may be either "clean," "suspected" or "touched," or "foul.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
He had half resolved to make common cause with Bill Buck, and induce him to become a confederate in the foul deed.
"The Fatal Cord" by Mayne Reid
Bill Bigs did not like the look of things; he thought of foul play.
"The Sweep Winner" by Nat Gould
Think no more on last night, but forget you ever ran foul of Bill Stacy!
"The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 2" by Johannes Scotus
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In poetry:

The heron-billed pale cattle-birds
That feed on some foul parasite
Of the Moroccan flocks and herds
Cross the narrow Straits to light
In the rich midnight of the garden trees
Till the dawn break upon those mingled seas.
"At Algeciras - A Meditaton Upon Death" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Bottle Bill Opponents Cry Foul.
In this Dec 22, 2010, file photo, Missouri's Michael Dixon, right, is fouled by Illinois' Bill Cole on his way to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in St Louis.
Bill Mueller never realized when he fouled a ball into left field in a Las Vegas 51s game at Cashman Field that it could end up as a precedent-setting Nevada Supreme Court case.
Faced with a bill for back-taxes, a foul-mouthed hedonistic playboy arrives on his straight-laced son's doorsteps just before his wedding day.
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