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English definition of “foul play”

foul play

noun [U]    
a situation in which someone's death is caused by a violent crime : Police do not suspect foul play at present .Murder and attempted murderKilling
(Definition of foul play noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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