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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. 2017.
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  • They said they would have to hand it to Foley—he was a dandy.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • I met Mrs. Foley in London, and gave her a note to post to you.

  • Jessie thought they ought to see Mrs. Foley, who was fleshy and easy of disposition, and ask her about Henriettas visit.

  • Lieutenant Foley and the other officers set about carrying them out with alacrity.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • None of them cared to risk trouble with Foley, and so Tom continued walking the streets.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
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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