Afoul
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • afoul — ☆ afoul [ə foul′ ] adv., adj. in a collision or a tangle run afoul of or fall afoul of 1. to collide with or become entangled with 2. to get into conflict or trouble with …   English World dictionary

  • afoul — (adv.) entangled, 1809, originally nautical, now mainly in phrase to run afoul of; from A (Cf. a ) (1) + FOUL (Cf. foul) …   Etymology dictionary

  • afoul — /euh fowl /, adv., adj. 1. in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul. 2. run or come or fall afoul of, a. to become entangled with: The boat ran afoul of the seaweed. b. to come into conflict with: The business had… …   Universalium

  • afoul — adv. to run afoul of (to run afoul of the law) (also foulII) * * * [ə faʊl] to run afoul of (also foul II; to run afoul of the law) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afoul — /əˈfaʊl/ (say uh fowl) adjective 1. in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul. –phrase 2. run afoul of, to become involved with to one s disadvantage: run afoul of the law …   Australian English dictionary

  • afoul — [[t]əfa͟ʊl[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you run afoul of someone or something, you do something which causes problems with them. [AM] ...an otherwise law abiding citizen who, if left to his own devices, would never have run afoul of the law …   English dictionary

  • afoul — adverb run /fall afoul of formal especially AmE to cause problems by doing something that is against the rules or that goes against people s beliefs: run afoul of the school authorities …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • afoul — adverb In a state of entanglement or conflict with. He had a knack for running afoul of the law. See Also: foully …   Wiktionary

  • afoul — a|foul [əˈfaul] adv run afoul of sb/sth formal to do something that is not allowed or legal, or that is against people s beliefs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afoul — a•foul [[t]əˈfaʊl[/t]] adv. adj. in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul[/ex] • run Etymology: 1800–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

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