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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Definitions for foray

  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.

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Citations for foray
Having the true baronial spirit of the good old feudal times, they are apt now and then to issue forth from their castles on a foray, and lay the plebeian fields of the neighboring country under contribution… Washington Irving, Bracebridge Hall, or, The Humorists, 1821
Peter Sissen took out his penlight and made a shallow foray into the dining room, coming back to say, “One of them is still downstairs…" Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides, 1993
Origin of foray
1350-1400
Foray entered English in the late 14th century. It shares its roots with the term forage.
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