Unfortunately, his plan to catch St. Nick is foiled when his “little rest” turns into a full-fledged sleep session.
His rape attempt was foiled, but he viciously beat her with a portable stereo before fleeing.
A few days later, an Associated Press story reported that Western intelligence agencies had foiled an AQAP plot.
He not only had foiled the plot, but also had delivered the underwear bomb to the CIA.
That was foiled when the FBI arrested Headley, but Kashmiri continued planning to carry out Mumbai-style attacks in Europe.
The mother appears quickly on the scene, and Renard retires, foiled and chagrined at the loss of his dinner.
You have foiled me, and conquered: be it so; I congratulate you.
Pale with rage, and a mortified sense of having been foiled with her own weapons, Mrs. Mudge left the room.
Seeing me foiled, Charley advanced with the doubtful aid of a sophism to help me.
At Troyes he tried to create a like impediment; but here he was foiled, for Troyes capitulated.
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)