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British pronunciation/kɹˈaɪ fˈaʊl/
American pronunciation/kɹˈaɪ fˈaʊl/
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to express a strong objection to something that is perceived as unfair or unjust

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to [cry] foul definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "cry foul" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "cry foul" can be traced back to sports, specifically to the game of cricket. In cricket, players would shout "foul" to indicate that a ball was not played according to the rules or that an opponent had violated the fair play standards. It can be used in various contexts and occasions, including sports, politics, business, relationships, or any scenario where there is a perceived violation of rules, ethics, or fairness.

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The protesters cried foul after their peaceful demonstration was met with excessive force.
The opposition party will cry foul if they suspect electoral misconduct.
The team captain cried foul when the opposing team scored a goal under questionable circumstances.
He cried foul after discovering the fraudulent activity within the company.
I'm sure they will cry foul if they don't get their desired outcome in the negotiation.
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