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foul ball

Meaning 1
a foul ball is a ball hit by the batter outside the baseball line of play
Sentence 1
The first ball hit by the batter was a foul ball and declared a strike by the umpire. Fouls count as strikes except for the third foul.
Meaning 2
a foul ball is generally ineffective; it is out of the field of play and is not relevant to the mission.
Sentence 2
He hit a foul ball. His comment was not effective; it did not accomplish anything!