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I'm not a king or a royal
My hard job is fraught with toil
If I'm given a crown
You'll surely want to frown
Even more so when I'm foiled

What am I?

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Kind of a stretch, but are you a...

tooth?

I'm not a king or a royal
My hard job is fraught with toil

Being a tooth is hard work.

If I'm given a crown
You will want to frown

Having a crown put on a tooth can be painful and unpleasant.

Even more so when I'm foiled

Having aluminum foil in your mouth can be unpleasant as well due to the voltaic effect it produces.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you got it! Nice work. $\endgroup$ – Tonkleton Jan 24 '18 at 19:31
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Are you

A game of checkers / draughts


I'm not a king or a royal

All pieces start of as "regular" pieces

My hard job is fraught with toil

The job of each piece is to capture other pieces

If I'm given a crown You will want to frown

Once a piece reaches the other side of the board it can be "crowned" or "kinged" allowing it to move backwards

Even more so when I'm foiled

But if it was one of your "kings" that was foiled / captured, you won't be as happy.

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