by fair means or foul

using whatever methods are necessary, even dishonest or illegal methods

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  • by fair means or foul — phrase using whatever methods are necessary, even dishonest or illegal methods Thesaurus: unfairsynonym Main entry: fair * * * using whatever means are necessary they were determined to ensure victory for themselves, by fair means or foul * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • by fair means or foul — if you try to achieve something by fair means or foul, you use any method you can to achieve it, even if it is not honest or fair. He was determined to become senator, by fair means or foul …   New idioms dictionary

  • by fair means or foul — any way at all, all is fair …   English contemporary dictionary

  • means — W2S2 [mi:nz] n plural means ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(method)¦ 2¦(money)¦ 3 by all means! 4 by no means/not by any means 5 by means of something 6 a means to an end 7 the means of production ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • means — [ minz ] (plural means) noun *** 1. ) count a method for doing or achieving something: WAY: Information is not easily obtained by any other means. an effective means for finding qualified job applicants means of: What means of transportation is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foul — [[t]fa͟ʊl[/t]] fouler, foulest, fouls, fouling, fouled 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as foul, you mean it is dirty and smells or tastes unpleasant. ...foul polluted water... The pot pourri of smells in the air was quite foul. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • fair — fair1 W2S1 [feə US fer] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(reasonable and acceptable)¦ 2¦(treating everyone equally)¦ 3¦(quite large)¦ 4¦(hair/skin)¦ 5¦(according to the rules)¦ 6¦(level of ability)¦ 7¦(weather)¦ 8 have had more than your fair share of something 9… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foul — 1 adjective 1 SMELL/TASTE a foul smell or taste is very unpleasant: I gulped down some water to take the foul taste out of my mouth. | foul tasting/foul smelling: The bags of garbage had been piled up in a foul smelling heap. 2 in a foul… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • means — /mi:nz/ noun plural means 1 METHOD (C) a method, system, object etc that you use as a way of achieving a result (+ of): What would be the most effective means of advertising our product? | means of transport BrE /transportation AmE: We had no… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • foul — foul1 [faul] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(smell/taste)¦ 2 in a foul mood/temper 3¦(air/water)¦ 4 foul language 5¦(weather)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: ful] 1.) ¦(SMELL/TASTE)¦ a foul smell or taste is very unpleasant = ↑disgusting …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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