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As a verb,

down to the floor

As a noun,

skyward I soar

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the title a clue? $\endgroup$ – WhiteHotLoveTiger Nov 27 '19 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(nofbyhgryl) $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 27 '19 at 19:13
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I'm guessing the answer is:

DUCK

As a verb,
down to the floor

To 'duck' means to stoop or get down, usually to avoid colliding with something (a bullet, a ball...) or to get a different view.

As a noun,
skyward I soar

Although a duck is commonly a waterfowl (explaining the title pun with 'foul') it can also fly, and thus 'soar skyward'.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that was my intent. Nice solve! $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 26 '19 at 22:13
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A guess:

Quail

As a verb,

down to the floor

To quail is to be frightened and intimidated, and possibly shrink down to the ground

As a noun,

skyward I soar

A quail is also a bird that is able to fly

And the title

Foul is a pun on fowl

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  • $\begingroup$ Close, but not quite the answer I had in mind $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 26 '19 at 20:18
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Is the answer up? For the first two lines Up is part of the verb 'to upset' and your heart feels like it is heavy and so sinking 'down to the floor' and up is a noun which of which 'soaring skywards' is a plausible definition. As for the title same reason as the first two lines upset means to be in a bad mood.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, I like your thinking, but this wasn't the answer I had in mind $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 26 '19 at 20:33
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WAY too many similar answers available for this one:

I'll put them in each in a single line as: WORD: verb definition

I'll be omitting noun because they all have the same theme as the accepted answer

1

BIRDIE to play one stroke under par

2

DOVE plunge steeply downward

3

DUCK lower the head or the body quickly

4

EAGLE to play two strokes under par

5

GOOSE to pinch the "bottom"

6

HAWK watching down over something

7

KIWI slang term for a "down under" footballer

8

QUAIL feel or show fear or apprehension / cower down

9

RAVEN or SWALLOW to get food down

I had initially thought of 1 through 4 (especially #2) without much thought and after stretching things a bit, I added the other 6.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think #2 fits almost just as well $\endgroup$ – Jay Nov 27 '19 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ I like your way of thinking. #2 is a more clever answer than mine without stretching the wording at all - I should have thought of that one. #8 works too - that's a word meaning I wasn't familiar with before. Some of the answers definitely stretch the "to the floor" wording (#6) for example. Still, I think you did a great job showing this one to be too broad - back to the drawing board! :) $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 27 '19 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ It won't let me accept two answers, so you'll have to accept just my upvote instead. Thanks again for the feedback. $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 27 '19 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Nico The accepted answer is very rarely done "to the floor" but more often done "down", making it a reason why I didn't answer early. Based on this now being accepted as the answer, I took it to be just a way to make it rhyme and that was the reason why I showed so many others that would fit with "downward" or "down" (which would be another neat play on words). $\endgroup$ – Keeta - reinstate Monica Nov 27 '19 at 16:07

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