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foul  /fal/  v. 1 [T] to dirty, often with mud, bodily waste, etc.: The farmer fell in the mud and fouled his clothes. 2 [T] (of rope, string, etc.) to get twisted together and not be able to work: The two little boys fouled the lines of their fishing rods. 3 [I;T] to make an improper move in certain sports: A basketball player fouled an opponent. 4 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to foul s.t. up: to make a mistake, often one causing serious problems: The repairman attached the wrong wires and fouled up our telephone system.||He fouled it up.
adj. 1 very dirty, (syn.) filthy: His clothes were foul with mud. 2 rude, offensive, (syns.) vulgar, obscene: When she gets angry, she sometimes uses foul language. 3 bad-smelling, (syn.) rank: His muddy clothes smelled foul. 4 very unpleasant, (syn.) mean: Shes been in a foul mood all day.
n. 1 an improper move in certain sports: The basketball player committed a foul. 2 (in baseball) a ball hit outside the foul lines: The batter hit a foul. -adv. foully; -n. [U] foulness. foul

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