Etymology
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foray (n.)

late 14c., "predatory incursion," Scottish, from the verb (14c.), perhaps a back-formation of Middle English forreyer "raider, forager" (mid-14c.), from Old French forrier, from forrer "to forage," from forrage "fodder; foraging; pillaging, looting" (see forage (n.)). Disused by 18c.; revived by Scott. As a verb from 14c.

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Definitions of foray
1
foray (v.)
steal goods; take as spoils;
Synonyms: plunder / despoil / loot / reave / strip / rifle / ransack / pillage
foray (v.)
briefly enter enemy territory;
2
foray (n.)
a sudden short attack;
Synonyms: raid / maraud
foray (n.)
an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence);
scientists' forays into politics
From wordnet.princeton.edu