He cannot, with other leaders rising, become Washington's foil.
Frank, meanwhile, is a man of few words—a foil to the wide-eyed, chatty Jon.
When turkey is nicely colored, tent with foil and reduce heat to 325 degrees.
She could have felt the satisfaction of helping to foil a plot to bomb New York on the ninth anniversary 9/11.
But Roth invests little interest in this man except as a foil for Bucky and a vehicle for his story.
It is the cunningly veiled scheme in which that crime was only a detail that I have set myself to discover and foil.
Her part seemed only as a foil to the sombre splendour of his.
Don't you care; now I'm coming with my expeditionary forces, and you and I'll foil them yet.
"You're holding your foil like a flyswatter," MacHenery said.
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)].