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fall (a)foul

To become disliked or to come in conflict with due to one's actions, often resulting in further trouble or conflict. Used in the phrase "fall (a)foul of (someone or something)." 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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Kellett was pleased to see the six-year-old regain the winning thread after falling foul of a virus in mid-season.
A FERRY company has had to change the names of two huge new vessels to avoid falling foul of strict rules about the use of the term "Olympic", it was revealed.
Radcliffe highlighted the cases of triathlete Tim Don and judo player Peter Cousins, both of whom won their appeals after falling foul of the 'three-strikes' regulation.
FDR had been taken to Humph's father Dr Belmont Bogart after falling foul of stomach cramps and was installed in the youngster's bed.
All too often we read of pop and film stars, models and sports personalities falling foul of drink or drugs.
NORTH West law firm Mace & Jones is joining forces with global human capital management firm DBM to advise employers on how to avoid falling foul of new age discrimination laws.
Joanne Mallon, of Sainsbury's Bank, said: 'A quick check before you depart could save you inadvertently falling foul of different driving laws.