afoul of

afoul of
preposition Date: 1819 1. in or into conflict with <
ran afoul of the law
>
2. in or into collision or entanglement with

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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

  • afoul of — {prep.} 1. In collision with. * /The boat ran afoul of a buoy./ 2. In or into trouble with. * /The thief ran afoul of the night watchman./ * /Speeders can expect to fall afoul of the law sometimes./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • afoul of — {prep.} 1. In collision with. * /The boat ran afoul of a buoy./ 2. In or into trouble with. * /The thief ran afoul of the night watchman./ * /Speeders can expect to fall afoul of the law sometimes./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • afoul\ of — prep. 1. In collision with. The boat ran afoul of a buoy. 2. In or into trouble with. The thief ran afoul of the night watchman. Speeders can expect to fall afoul of the law sometimes …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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

  • run afoul of — I see run II run afoul (or foul) of 1) Nautical collide or become entangled with (an obstacle or another vessel) another ship ran afoul of us 2) come into conflict with; go against the act may run afoul of consumer protection legislation …   Useful english dictionary

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