I found these words in The Hindu and search their meaning but not able to find exact meaning:

The recent encounter killing of two Maoists in Wayanad in Kerala is suspected to have been the trigger for the foiled rail sabotage bid.

I found meaning of these words like below

  • foiled – prevent (something considered wrong or undesirable) from succeeding.

  • sabotage – deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.

Can anyone please tell me the what this sentence tells us?

  • 4
    It means a bid that was foiled, a bid to sabotage the rail. I suspect you are confused by an adjective followed by three nouns in a row.
    – tchrist
    Jan 5, 2017 at 2:29

1 Answer 1


The killing is thought to have provoked a bid (attempt) to sabotage (damage) a railway. The attempt was unsuccessful (foiled).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.