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Main Entry: 1foil
Pronunciation: primarystressfodoti(schwa)l
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English foilen "to trample underfoot," from early French fuller, fouler "to shrink and thicken (cloth), trample underfoot," from Latin fullare "to shrink and thicken (cloth)"
: to prevent from achieving a goal : DEFEAT <foil a plot>
synonym see FRUSTRATE

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