Foiled
Foil Foil (foil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Foiled} (foild); p. pr. & vb. n. {Foiling}.] [F. fouler to tread or trample under one's feet, to press, oppress. See {Full}, v. t.] 1. To tread under foot; to trample. [1913 Webster]

King Richard . . . caused the ensigns of Leopold to be pulled down and foiled under foot. --Knoless. [1913 Webster]

Whom he did all to pieces breake and foyle, In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To render (an effort or attempt) vain or nugatory; to baffle; to outwit; to balk; to frustrate; to defeat. [1913 Webster]

And by ? mortal man at length am foiled. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Her long locks that foil the painter's power. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. To blunt; to dull; to spoil; as, to foil the scent in chase. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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