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[foh-lee] /ˈfoʊ li/
of or relating to motion-picture sound effects produced manually:
a Foley artist.
Origin of Foley
after Jack Foley, sound-effect pioneer at Universal Pictures in the 1930s Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Foley had determined to master this secret of iron-splitting, and he would yet do it.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Like Foley, Phipps proved more fortunate in his second voyage than in his first.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • The vessel that approached the third, was the Thunderer, Captain Foley.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • This enabled Foley, Hood, and one or two more to pass that fast ship.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Francis, tell Foley I'll be in the manager's office in five minutes.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for Foley


(films) the US name for footsteps editor
Word Origin
C20: named after J.D. Foley (1891-1967), US sound editor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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