foul of
preposition Date: 1627 afoul of <
he fell foul of the law
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<
ran foul of a hidden reef
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  • To fall foul of — Foul Foul (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler ( [ e]r); superl. {Foulest}.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G. faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan. fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be putrid, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run foul of — Foul Foul (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler ( [ e]r); superl. {Foulest}.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G. faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan. fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be putrid, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fall foul of — see under ↑foul • • • Main Entry: ↑fall fall foul of 1. To come into accidental contact with 2. To clash with 3. To assail • • • Main Entry: ↑foul * * * fall foul of …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall foul of somebody — fall foul of ˈsb/ˈsth idiom to get into trouble with a person or an organization because of doing sth wrong or illegal • to fall foul of the law Main entry: ↑foulidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall foul of something — fall foul of ˈsb/ˈsth idiom to get into trouble with a person or an organization because of doing sth wrong or illegal • to fall foul of the law Main entry: ↑foulidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall foul of someone — fall foul of (someone) to upset someone, so that they do not like you and try to harm you. Officials who fall foul of the mayor find themselves exiled to the most boring departments …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall foul of — (someone) to upset someone, so that they do not like you and try to harm you. Officials who fall foul of the mayor find themselves exiled to the most boring departments …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall foul of something — fall foul of (something) slightly formal to break a law or a rule, and often be punished. If their market share grows too large, they will fall foul of anti monopoly laws …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall foul of — (something) slightly formal to break a law or a rule, and often be punished. If their market share grows too large, they will fall foul of anti monopoly laws …   New idioms dictionary

  • run foul of — phrasal : to collide with ran foul of a hidden reef : run into conflict with or hostility to run foul of law …   Useful english dictionary

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