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foil (verb), foils; foiled; foiling
1. To prevent a person from doing something or achieving an objective: The sheriff foiled the robber who was about to hold up the local bank.
2. To keep something from happening or from being successful: Slipping and falling down the stairs is foiling Sally's dreams of becoming a dancer because she severely injured the joints in her knees.
To prevent or to keep someone from being successful when doing something.
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To keep someone from being successful by frustrating or preventing him or her from doing something. (1)