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You have foiled me, and conquered: be it so; I congratulate you.

The Greenwich party, foiled in this attempt, now disavowed it.

Seeing me foiled, Charley advanced with the doubtful aid of a sophism to help me.

By this simple method, the bees which come to make the attack will be foiled, and constrained to act with great disadvantage.

If you fail in the former, you will often be foiled in your attempts at the latter.

Yes, it is I, Ivan Saranoff, the man whom you have so often foiled.

But Danbury scarcely looked around to see who had foiled him.

But she was foiled; old Mrs. Maxwell had already bespoke him.

Their joy was that neither had foiled the hope of the other.

I had done too much already to permit myself to be foiled at the end.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, foilen "to spoil a trace or scent by running over it," irregularly from Old French fouler "trample," from Vulgar Latin *fullare "to clean cloth" (by treading on it), from Latin fullo "one who cleans cloth, fuller," of unknown origin.

Hence, "to overthrow, defeat" (1540s). Sense of "frustrate the efforts of" first recorded 1560s. Related: Foiled; foiling. Foiled again! as a cry of defeat and dismay is from at least 1847.

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