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run afoul of (someone or something)

To be in severe disagreement, trouble, or difficulty with someone or something; to be at odds with someone or something, especially due to disobeying rules or laws. Always look into the laws of any place you visit, or you may end up unwittingly running afoul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run afoul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
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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.
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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.
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GGRA strongly supports expanding health care coverage for all San Franciscans, but we need a reasonable plan that doesn't run afoul of federal laws and doesn't place an unfair financial burden on employers," GGRA Executive Director Kevin Westlye said.
Not far into the terminally dull ``The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,'' the movie's hayseed hero, Sean (Lucas Black), is sent packing to Japan, having run afoul of the law yet again after crashing another car in a high-speed race.
The Institute for Justice, moreover, has launched preemptive offensives against numerous states that have strict church-state separation clauses in their constitutions by filing lawsuits arguing that those provisions run afoul of the U.
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.
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Perhaps equally "chilling" are scenes in which a chimpanzee assails a smaller primate in a breathless pursuit high in the trees, and a group of chimps form an organized mob to ruthlessly persecute one of their own kind who has run afoul of the social structure.
But winning trainer Doug O'Neill seemed subdued following the race, which came just hours after six badge-wearing state agents walked into his barn to announce that Southern California's leading thoroughbred trainer has run afoul of medication rules and faces a month of sanctions.
AU advised the university that these practices at a public university run afoul of the First Amendment.