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    were too foul

    What does this "foul" mean? "cruel" or "vicious"?

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    ex)The first Spanish ships carrying Columbus and his companions had discovered only islands...These conquistadores, as they were called, who left Spain in search of new lands to conquer for their king and to enrich themselves with loot, were rough fellows, little better than pirates. Driven by thier insatiable greed into ever more crazy adventures, they exploited and deceived the natives at ever turn. Nothing cold deter them and no means were too foul wherever gold was concerned.

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    Re: were too foul

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What does this "foul" mean? "cruel" or "vicious"?

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    ex)The first Spanish ships carrying Columbus and his companions had discovered only islands...These conquistadores, as they were called, who left Spain in search of new lands to conquer for their king and to enrich themselves with loot, were rough fellows, little better than pirates. Driven by their insatiable greed into ever more crazy adventures, they exploited and deceived the natives at ever turn. Nothing cold deter them and no means were too foul wherever gold was concerned.
    Yes, in that context, cruel, vicious, nasty, etcetera.

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    Re: were too foul

    There is a well-known phrase "by fair means or foul" which means to do something without caring whether your method (means) is nice (fair) or unpleasant (foul). In this case, they probably used mostly nasty methods to get the gold and absolutely nothing was considered too nasty for them to do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: were too foul

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Driven by their insatiable greed into ever more crazy adventures, they exploited and deceived the natives at every turn. Nothing could deter them and no means were too foul wherever gold was concerned.
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