Frank, meanwhile, is a man of few words—a foil to the wide-eyed, chatty Jon.
She could have felt the satisfaction of helping to foil a plot to bomb New York on the ninth anniversary 9/11.
Place the lobster tails, olive oil, wine, dill, and salt and pepper to taste in a foil pouch.
Palestine is not just Israel's internal affair; Israel is not just Palestine's foil.
The walls are decorated with panels of foil wallpaper embossed with an Asian-style flower motif.
It is the cunningly veiled scheme in which that crime was only a detail that I have set myself to discover and foil.
As a foil to his austerity, therefore, she would be audaciously gay in his presence.
Don't you care; now I'm coming with my expeditionary forces, and you and I'll foil them yet.
Our hero was alive to the emergency, and resolved to foil him.
It would seem as though these reminiscences were given us as a foil to melancholy, and they travel along with us into our dreams.
c.1300, foilen "to spoil a trace or scent by running over it," irregularly from Old French fouler "trample," from Vulgar Latin *fullare "to clean cloth" (by treading on it), from Latin fullo "one who cleans cloth, fuller," of unknown origin.
Hence, "to overthrow, defeat" (1540s). Sense of "frustrate the efforts of" first recorded 1560s. Related: Foiled; foiling. Foiled again! as a cry of defeat and dismay is from at least 1847.
"thin sheet of metal," early 14c., from Old French fueille "leaf," from Latin folia "leaves," plural (mistaken for fem. singular) of folium "leaf" (see folio).
The sense of "one who enhances another by contrast" (1580s) is from the practice of backing a gem with metal foil to make it shine more brilliantly. The meaning "light sword used in fencing" (1590s) could be from this sense, or from foil (v.). The modern sense of "metallic food wrap" is from 1946.
A small packet of narcotics; bag (1960s+ Narcotics)
File Oriented Interpretive Language. CAI language.
["FOIL - A File Oriented Interpretive Language", J.C. Hesselbart, Proc ACM 23rd National Conf (1968)].