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foil vb.: to throw in wrestling AYL. I. i. 138, &c.; to overcome, defeat 3H6 V. iv. 42, Troil. I. iii. 372, Cor. I. ix. 48, Ven. 114, Sonn. xxv. 10 “After a thousand victories once f-'d” ; (hence) to frustrate, render nugatory or of no effect Oth. I. iii. 271 (Qq “foyles,” Ff “seel(e),” Cym. II. iii. 126 (mod. edd. “soil”†), Pilgr. vii. 15 [99].
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