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1       adj   Something or someone that is foreign comes from or relates to a country that is not your own. Frankfurt, where a quarter of the population is foreign..., She was on her first foreign holiday without her parents., ...a foreign language..., It is the largest ever private foreign investment in the Bolivian mining sector.     
2       adj   In politics and journalism, foreign is used to describe people, jobs, and activities relating to countries that are not the country of the person or government concerned.  
ADJ n  
...the German foreign minister..., I am the foreign correspondent in Washington of La Tribuna newspaper of Honduras., ...the effects of US foreign policy in the `free world'.     
3       adj   A foreign object is something that has got into something else, usually by accident, and should not be there.  
FORMAL   usu ADJ n  
The patient's immune system would reject the transplanted organ as a foreign object.     
4       adj   Something that is foreignto a particular person or thing is not typical of them or is unknown to them.  
usu v-link ADJ to n  
The very notion of price competition is foreign to many schools...     

foreign body        ( foreign bodies    plural  ) A foreign body is an object that has come into something else, usually by accident, and should not be in it.  
FORMAL      n-count  
...a foreign body in the eye.     
foreign exchange        ( foreign exchanges    plural  )
1       n-plural   Foreign exchanges are the institutions or systems involved with changing one currency into another.  
On the foreign exchanges, the US dollar is up point forty-five.     
2       n-uncount   Foreign exchange is used to refer to foreign currency that is obtained through the foreign exchange system.  
oft N n important source of foreign exchange., ...foreign-exchange traders.     
Foreign Office        ( Foreign Offices    plural  ) TheForeign Office is the government department, especially in Britain, which has responsibility for the government's dealings and relations with foreign governments.      n-count   the N, oft N n  
...a Foreign Office spokesman.     
foreign service     
The foreign service is the government department that employs diplomats to work in foreign countries.  
  (AM)      n-sing   the N  
in BRIT, use diplomatic service     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    alien, beyond one's ken, borrowed, distant, exotic, external, imported, outlandish, outside, overseas, remote, strange, unfamiliar, unknown  
2    extraneous, extrinsic, incongruous, irrelevant, unassimilable, uncharacteristic, unrelated  
   applicable, characteristic, customary, domestic, familiar, intrinsic, native, pertinent, relevant, suited, well-known  

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
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