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?
We are managing to foil plans by the organizations, the terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to carry out attacks. If it were up to them, there would be suicide bombings and gun attacks here every day, the fact that we are succeeding lends salience to the attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks. We will also prevail over this phenomenon, I say, but this is a process that takes time. Statistically, we see a waning of this.
For the first time in my career, making the press a foil is good politics in a Democratic primary, and that is going to have long-standing consequences for the business of journalism.
If Joe Biden positions himself as the political insider from yesteryear who says big ideas like universal childcare, student debt relief and a wealth tax on ultra-millionaires are not possible, he would be an easy foil.
Serious work must take place. We can withstand the sanctions and neutralize and foil the enemy's goals. If we don't, the enemy would proceed and place conditions on our nuclear program and impose sanctions, if sanctions are to be the way, the Iranian nation can also do it. A big collection of the world's oil and gas is in Iran so Iran if necessary can hold back on the gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on.
They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States.
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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