fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

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fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

To become disliked or to come in conflict with due to one's actions, often resulting in further trouble or conflict. Since you're new here, be careful not to fall afoul of Bill—he'll keep you off of every case if he's mad at you. I fell foul of the committee, and now, I'm not sure how to improve my reputation.
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fall (a)foul of someone or something

 and run (a)foul of someone or something
to get into a situation where one is opposed to someone or something; to get into trouble with someone or something. Dan fell afoul of the law at an early age. I hope that you will avoid falling afoul of the district manager. She can be a formidable enemy. I hope I don't run afoul of your sister. She doesn't like me.
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fall foul of

come into conflict with and be undermined by.
2004 Sunday Business Post Australia's biggest wine-maker, Foster's Group, is the latest company to fall foul of the wine surplus, which is set to continue for at least two years.
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Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, titled his 2009 book ''Three Felonies a Day'' to indicate how easily we can fall afoul of America's metastasizing body of criminal laws.
Supplying steel to Iran is "prohibited," while dealing with the NIOC "is very likely to fall afoul of European Union and US sanctions," Jonathan Moss, partner and head of marine and trade at law firm DWF in London, told Reuters.
Some credit card programs and overdraft protection loans would also fall afoul of the new rules.
That implication seems to fall afoul of our intuitions about certain cases, such as the intuition that a world full of happy people and animals is better than a world full of miserable ones, even if the people and animals are different in the two cases, so that there is no one for whom the second world is better.
It quickly becomes apparent, that, no matter how hard the children try, the aunts are easily offended and fall afoul of the children's best efforts to please.
So as not to fall afoul of publishers and copyright law, Byliner does not publish the full text of an article on its own site but only a small taste, "enough for people to see that this is a great article," Tayman said.
Lobbyists have argued the companies' Iranian business doesn't fall afoul of United Nations or EU sanctions.
They kill people who fall afoul of these laws, should the courts see fit to free them.
For its regular App Store on iTunes, Apple has pages of submission guidelines and is known for summarily refusing apps that fall afoul of them.
In the United States, most systemic regulatory solutions are likely to fall afoul of the Gordian Knot of overlapping and conflicting interests of existing Congressional committees, lobbyists, bureaucracies, and industry segments.
Roadside car wash fundraisers are likely to fall afoul of the ban.
Already-draconian criminal penalties have been ramped up rather than eliminated, in some cases allowing for sentences of up to 15 years in prison for civil society actors who fall afoul of the law's byzantine provisions.
Putin, who then wouldn't fall afoul of the constitution's prohibition of two terms in succession.
Software developers would have to prove to wary investors and the courts that their applications don't fall afoul of copyright's secondary liability rule.
Both of these provisions stand on dubious constitutional ground, appearing to fall afoul of the Fourth Amendment.