- a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
- a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
- an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
- to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
- to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
- to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
Origin of foray
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Breaths come to him in song of the distant Cheviots and the ring of foraying hoofs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9
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The Flower of Yarrow herself did not disdain to stimulate, in this way, the foraying spirit of old Harden.
He at once concentrated the British forces at New York, pursuing a policy of foraying expeditions in place of regular campaigns.
- a short raid or incursion
- a first attempt or new undertaking
- to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage
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Word Origin and History for foraying
late 14c., Scottish, from the verb (14c.), perhaps a back-formation of Middle English forreyer "raider, forager" (mid-14c.), from Old French forrier, from forrer "to forage" (see forage (n.)). Disused by 18c.; revived by Scott.
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