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foy

[foi] /fɔɪ/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. a farewell gift, feast, or drink.
2.
faith.
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  • Terence was taken to the quarters of General foy, who was in command there.

  • He tore off General Milhaud's epaulettes, which he flung into foy's face.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "You win battles for us without our help," said General foy to me.

    Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time Franois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • foy, against whom there was practically no evidence, was released on $10,000 bail.

    Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne
  • We were apt to “foy” at our work to the extent of grudging meal-times and sleep.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • He came home in a transport, in which Major foy was also a passenger.

Word Origin and History for foy
n.

"parting entertainment," Scottish and dialectal, late 15c., probably ultimately from French voie "way, journey" (see voyage (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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