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foil sb.1: setting of a jewel, (hence fig.) that which sets something off to advantage R2 I. iii. 266 “as wherein thou art to set The precious jewel of thy home return,” 1H4 I. ii. 237, R3 V. iii. 251, Ham. V. ii. 269 “I'll be your , Laertes; in mine ignorance Your skill shall . . . Stick fiery off indeed,” Compl. 153 “the Of this false jewel” ; in Ant. I. iv. 24 Ff “foyl(e)s” is by some referred to this word, but see FOIL sb.2 2
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