run afoul of

(redirected from afoul of)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to afoul of: run afoul

run afoul of somebody/something

(slightly formal)
to act in a way not allowed by rules or the law fall afoul of somebody/something 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.
See also: afoul, of, run

run afoul of

Also, run foul of. Come into conflict with, as in If you keep parking illegally you'll run afoul of the police. This expression originated in the late 1600s, when it was applied to a vessel colliding or becoming entangled with another vessel, but at the same time it was transferred to non-nautical usage. Both senses remain current.
See also: afoul, of, run
References in periodicals archive ?
Law-abiding residents feared running afoul of the criminals, he said.
Bush's re-election team to obtain church directories could cause the houses of worship to run afoul of federal tax law, officials with the Internal Revenue Service say.
As long as a law does not single out a particular religion for unfavorable treatment, he said, it does not run afoul of the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause.
Carriers and international alliances which would be able to operate more smoothly without running afoul of the foreign-control standards.
Now it's up to the court to determine whether Texas' plan runs afoul of the constitution or the Voting Rights Act.
School officials in Tamaqua, Pa have received a letter from American United, warning that a recent class assignment ran afoul of church-state separation.
By trying to keep the group home out of their neighborhood, says HUD, the residents have run afoul of the Fair Housing Act, which states that it is unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with anyone's fair housing rights.
Organizations risk damaging their image and running afoul of compliance standards by sending out too many or the wrong types of messages," said Tom Pines, Real Magnet's President.
The film's first 40 minutes follows the young girl (Suzaka Ohgo) as she continually runs afoul of haughty geisha Hatsumomo (Gong Li, playing the evil stepsister) and the house's gruff proprietor Mother (Kaori Momoi, the evil stepmother).
The organization has asked lawmakers in the state to vote against the legislation, arguing that it runs afoul of the Virginia Constitution.
The judge found that Bosch ran afoul of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), a federal law which safeguards employee pension and fringe benefits, when it laid off certain employees prior to moving its 75 millimeter motor production lines to Toluca, Mexico.
Not only has Hopkins not run afoul of the law since being paroled, he became one of the all-time great middleweight champions.
Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th Circuit, arguing that dinnertime prayer sponsored by the military school ran afoul of church-state separation.
With the growing concerns about running afoul of new compliance rules and recommendations, product managers are looking for guidance and solutions in order to do their jobs effectively," said Keith Kirkpatrick, Medical Education Congress' Conference Director.