foil (n.) Old form(s): foile, foyle
check, repulse, setback, defeat
1H6 III.iii.11[Charles to Pucelle] One sudden foil shall never breed distrust
1H6 V.iii.23[Pucelle to spirits] take my soul ... / Before that England give the French the foil [i.e. defeat the French]
E3 III.i.142[Mariner to King John] France hath ta'en the foil
Tem III.i.46[Ferdinand to Miranda, of other women] never any ... but some defect in her / Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed, / And put it to the foil [i.e. defeated it]
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