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To foil (verb): To prevent something (bad) from succeeding
Example: Our attempt to rob the bank was foiled when a small dog named Paco phoned the police.
Foiled plots in the news
This month, a terrorist attack on a European train was foiled by a group of young Americans and a 60-year-old British consultant.
The Americans were then immediately thrown off the train for speaking too loudly.
Know your foils
Primary use: Cooking.
Secondary use: Hat for crazy people.
Primary use: Thin sword for fencing.
Secondary use: Tooth pick for giants.
Primary use: Fast, gliding boat.
Secondary use: Stressing out the whales, man.
How to foil a terrorist plot
- Be brave and courageous. Or American.
- Be on holiday in Amsterdam. They say it sharpens your reflexes.
- Wait hours for occupied train toilet. Tackle whoever comes out.
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