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verb     foul pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefouling
past tensefouled
past participlefouled
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to do something in a game that is not allowed by the rules
    1. a.
      [transitive] to do something to another player that is not allowed by the rules

      He was sent off for fouling the Chelsea striker.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit a ball outside the limits of the playing area during a game of baseball
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make something very dirty

    The oil spillage fouled several miles of beaches.

  4. 4



    foul up

    [intransitive/transitive] to become twisted around part of a machine, engine, vehicle etc so that it cannot move

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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