To run afoul of
Afoul A*foul", adv. & a. [Pref. a- + foul.] In collision; entangled. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

{To run afoul of}, to run against or come into collision with, especially so as to become entangled or to cause injury. [1913 Webster]


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  • run afoul of something — run aˈfoul of sth idiom to do sth that is not allowed by a law or rule, or to do sth that people in authority disapprove of • to run afoul of the law Main entry: ↑afoulidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • run afoul of — verb a) To become entangled in; to run aground on. When quoting others, take care not to run afoul of copyright rules. b) To contravene …   Wiktionary

  • run afoul of — idi a) Naut. to collide with so as to cause damage and entanglement b) idi to encounter or engender the animosity of; anger: to run afoul of the law[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • run afoul of someone — run afoul of (someone/something) to act in a way not allowed by rules or the law. Rodman ran afoul of the team s rules and was kept out of the next game. He ran afoul of his supervisor, who complained to the mayor about his work …   New idioms dictionary

  • run afoul of something — run afoul of (someone/something) to act in a way not allowed by rules or the law. Rodman ran afoul of the team s rules and was kept out of the next game. He ran afoul of his supervisor, who complained to the mayor about his work …   New idioms dictionary

  • run afoul of — (someone/something) to act in a way not allowed by rules or the law. Rodman ran afoul of the team s rules and was kept out of the next game. He ran afoul of his supervisor, who complained to the mayor about his work …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall/run afoul of — chiefly US : to get into trouble because of (the law, a rule, etc.) After leaving home he fell afoul of the law. [=he got into trouble for breaking the law; he was arrested for committing a crime] an investor who has run afoul of stock market… …   Useful english dictionary

  • run afoul — v. (d; intr.) to run afoul of (to run afoul of the law) * * * (d; intr.) to run afoul of (to run afoul of the law) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afoul of — preposition : in or into conflict with : in or into opposition to he fell afoul of the law : in or into collision or entanglement with one ship ran afoul of the other * * * /əˈfaʊləv/ adv fall/run afoul of chiefly US : to get into trouble because …   Useful english dictionary

  • run afoul — verb To become entangled or in conflict with. See Also: run afoul of …   Wiktionary

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