One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his attempts to escape were constantly foiled’
thwart, frustrate, counter, oppose, baulk, disappoint, impede, obstruct, hamper, hinder, snooker, cripple, scotch, derail, smash, dash
stop, check, block, prevent, defeat, nip in the bud
informal mess up, screw up, do for, put paid to, stymie, cook someone's goose
British informal scupper, nobble, queer, put the mockers on
NZ Australian Irish vulgar slang root
1‘the black gown was the perfect foil for her colouring’
contrast, background, setting, relief, antithesis
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