To run a foil
Foil Foil, n. 1. Failure of success when on the point of attainment; defeat; frustration; miscarriage. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Nor e'er was fate so near a foil. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A blunt weapon used in fencing, resembling a smallsword in the main, but usually lighter and having a button at the point. [1913 Webster]

Blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Isocrates contended with a foil against Demosthenes with a word. --Mitford. [1913 Webster]

3. The track or trail of an animal. [1913 Webster]

{To run a foil},to lead astray; to puzzle; -- alluding to the habits of some animals of running back over the same track to mislead their pursuers. --Brewer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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