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foray

[fawr-ey, for-ey] /ˈfɔr eɪ, ˈfɒr eɪ/
noun
1.
a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder:
Vikings made a foray on the port.
2.
a quick, sudden attack:
The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
3.
an initial venture:
a successful foray into politics.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
5.
to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure:
foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
verb (used with object)
6.
to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
Origin of foray
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English forraien, apparently by back formation from forrayour, forreour, forrier < Old French forrier, fourrier, equivalent to fo(u)rr(er), derivative of fuerre provender (see forage) + -ier -ier2
Related forms
forayer, noun
Synonyms
1. attack, assault, invasion, incursion, sortie.
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foray

/ˈfɒreɪ/
noun
1.
a short raid or incursion
2.
a first attempt or new undertaking
verb
3.
to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
Derived Forms
forayer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage
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Word Origin and History for foray
n.

late 14c., Scottish, from the verb (14c.), perhaps a back-formation of Middle English forreyer "raider, forager" (mid-14c.), from Old French forrier, from forrer "to forage" (see forage (n.)). Disused by 18c.; revived by Scott.

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