the simple past tense and past participle of foil.
prevented from succeeding; thwarted; blocked: A woman is now being questioned in connection with the foiled terror plot to attack churches in Paris.
Other definitions for foiled (2 of 2)
ornamented with foils (arcs or rounded spaces), as a gable, spandrel, or balustrade.
- un·foiled, adjective
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How to use foiled in a sentence
I’m thinking this moment might be ideal to dig deep, to discover a new way to understand and be with isolation, disappointment, foiled plans, and aspirations—and, yes, chronic uncertainty.The Problem with Depression Doping - Facts So Romantic | Lisa Miller | September 13, 2021 | Nautilus
At least two of these militia members were later arrested for the foiled plot to kidnap Whitmer.
They were called La Red Avispa (The Wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And it claimed responsibility for a 2010 cargo plane bomb plot foiled by British intelligence.U.S. on Alert for Al Qaeda Attack as Group Battles ISIS for Top Terrorist | Jamie Dettmer | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few days later, an Associated Press story reported that Western intelligence agencies had foiled an AQAP plot.Meet the Terrorist Who Most Terrifies America’s Terrorist Hunters | Daniel Klaidman | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2002, an Islamist plot to poison the London underground with ricin was foiled as well.Ricin Scare at the White House: An Eerie Post-9/11 Echo | John Avlon | April 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But then the Bangladeshi whose bomb plot was foiled yesterday turned his aim to the New York Fed.
Now, jealousy and perception awoke together—at one sweeping glance backward, she saw herself slighted—foiled—duped!Alone | Marion Harland
He is a dangerous man, and will be more dangerous after being again foiled by me as he has been to-day.The Children of the New Forest | Captain Marryat
They were foiled by the valour of the British seamen who, under a heavy fire, grappled the blazing ships and towed them ashore.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Feinting with his left, the Mauler clinched heavily with his right, but Ralph foiled the attack with a clever half-nelson.
The attempt was foiled, but night had fallen before Gary found where the liquor was hidden.Ralph Granger's Fortunes | William Perry Brown