a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
"the photographic film was wrapped in foil"
anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
"pretty girls like plain friends as foils"
a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through
"the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils"
picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
enhance by contrast
"In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"
thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
vitiate, mar, sweep, dumbfound, plunder, scupper, mystify, cut through, pamper, flub, span, dun, rape, crucify, baby, regulate, bedevil, itch, screw up, ball up, indulge, interbreed, stick, cut across, corrupt, elude, get over, deflower, spoil, puzzle, gravel, violate, beat, mollycoddle, bungle, intersect, bollocks up, fumble, evade, rag, blow, bollix, torment, amaze, bewilder, coddle, cosset, frustrate, peril, scotch, featherbed, crossbreed, cross, get, louse up, perplex, botch up, bodge, traverse, bobble, baffle, muff, bollocks, pass over, pose, fluff, vex, mishandle, endanger, foul up, stupefy, flummox, track, hybridize, cover, despoil, muck up, bumble, mess up, impair, bollix up, botch, thwart, bilk, get across, expose, go bad, hybridise, cocker, nonplus
cover or back with foil
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To hinder is to keep from action, progress, motion, or growth, or to make such action, progress, motion, or growth later in beginning or completion than it would otherwise have been. An action is prevented by anything that comes in before it to make it impossible; it is hindered by anything that keeps it from either beginning or ending so soon as it otherwise would, or as expected or intended. It is more common, however, to say that the start is delayed, the progress hindered. An action that is hindered does not take place at the appointed or appropriate time; that which is prevented does not take place at all; to hinder a thing long enough may amount to preventing it. A railroad-train may be hindered by a snow-storm from arriving on time; it may by special order be prevented from starting. To retard is simply to make slow by any means whatever. To obstruct is to hinder, or possibly to prevent advance or passage by putting something in the way; to oppose or resist is to hinder, or possibly to prevent by directly contrary or hostile action, resist being the stronger term and having more suggestion of physical force; obstructed roads hinder the march of an enemy, tho there may be no force strong enough to oppose it; one opposes a measure, a motion, an amendment, or the like; it is a criminal offense to resist an officer in the discharge of his duty; the physical system may resist the attack of disease or the action of a remedy. Compare CONQUER; IMPEDIMENT; OBSTRUCT.
See synonyms for QUICKEN.
Hinder one in his progress; from acting promptly; by opposition.
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How to use foil in a sentence?
They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States.
Temple Mount will remain as is and will be managed as Temple Mount is now. Arrangements for visits by Jews to Temple Mount are safeguarded ; there will be no change in them, just as the prayer arrangements for the Muslims, israel has an interest in stationing cameras in all parts of Temple Mount. First, in order to disprove the claim that Israel is changing the status quo. Second, to show where the provocations really come from and to foil them before they ever happen.
Mr. Clarridge has incomplete knowledge of the daily, not weekly briefings, that Dr. Carson receives on important national security matters from former military and state department officials. He is coming to the end of a long career of serving our country, mr. Clarridge's input to Dr. Carson is appreciated but he is clearly not one of Dr. Carson's top advisors. For The New York Times to take advantage of an elderly gentleman and use him as their foil in this story is an affront to good journalistic practices.
The creation of different groups ... is the last conspiracy of the invaders for continuation of the American proxy war in Afghanistan, god willing, the Afghan Muslim people will, through their strengthening of unity, foil this conspiracy.
Rahm has to say these (critical) things about Rauner. This is a perfect foil for him, rahm knows without someone applying discipline in Springfield (the state capital), which will eventually work its way back to straightening out the city of Chicago, the city will be at risk.
Translations for foil
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- станиол, фолио, рапира, варакBulgarian
- paper d'alumini, floret, fullCatalan, Valencian
- Kontrastfigur, Aluminiumfolie, Folie, hintertreiben, FlorettGerman
- ματαιώνω, αλουμινόχαρτο, ελαφρύ ξίφος ξιφασκίας, έλασμαGreek
- papel de aluminio, lámina de metal, frustrar, folio, floreteSpanish
- estää, kertoa, folio, florettiFinnish
- feuille, alu, déjouer, fleuret, papier d'aluminiumFrench
- cliwe crammanaghManx
- ֆոլգա, խափանել, փայլաթիթեղ, նրբաթիթեղ, առաջն առնելArmenian
- lamella, fioretto, sventare, spalla, carta stagnola, laminaItalian
- 箔, フォイル, 金属裏張り, ホイル, フルーレJapanese
- folija, rapyraLithuanian
- Aluminiumfolie, afweren, verijdelen, uitwerken, floret, frustreren, folieDutch
- floret, foliaPolish
- frustrar, papel-alumínio, folha, floretePortuguese
- предотвращать, рапира, станиоль, фольгаRussian
- aluminiumfolie, florett, folieSwedish
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