verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM foilfoil·a·ble, adjectiveun·foil·a·ble, adjective
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verb (used with object)
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He’s turned the group into a boogeyman of sorts, and it serves as a perfect foil for a president and a conservative movement looking to cast the overwhelmingly peaceful participants in protests over police brutality as a group of violent thugs.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint|Alex Ward|September 11, 2020|Vox
Line an open box with aluminum foil, and use it to reflect sunlight into the box.
If McConnell really thinks that, then why not foil their scheme by voting yes?The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism|Monica Potts|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
French and Crown one rib rack and season with salt and pepper, cover exposed bones with foil, cook in oven at 350 for 2.5 hours.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The image really serves as a foil to the victim on the tape.True Detective’s Red Herring: Actress Erin Moriarty, Who Plays Marty’s Daughter, Tells All|Marlow Stern|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Erica is the foil to the unstable, decaying Beth—a kind, virtuous, smooth-skinned girl next door.Anna Kendrick: Queen Bee of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival|Marlow Stern|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frank, meanwhile, is a man of few words—a foil to the wide-eyed, chatty Jon.Michael Fassbender Plays A Rocker in A Papier-Mâché Head in the Strange Sundance Film ‘Frank’|Marlow Stern|January 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were not enough of them to serve as a foil to the shining deeds which were of daily and hourly occurrence.Kitchener's Mob|James Norman Hall
It can easily be imagined what description of banter he had to meet and foil.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
The foil is not interfered with by your walking over the ground—a matter of much importance, especially on bad-scenting days.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Of course, each night the time of ammunition moving was changed in an attempt to foil the German fire.Golden Lads|Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The blade of the foil is almost horizontal, but the point is rather lowered towards the ground.