run afoul of

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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
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On account of these metrics therefore, we expect to see more banks run foul of the CBN audit of the remaining 14 banks.
Or will that run foul of any local laws and regulations?
Their clever sourcing policies meant they were able to offer lower prices than the domestic players on many core lines and not run foul of the groceries order.
There were a lot of drug users and pushers who were yet to run foul of the law.
The Lord Chancellor has warned the media that naming the football stars may prejudice any future trial and they may also run foul of libel laws.
That said, companies must also take care not to run foul of local breastfeeding initiatives in marketing their latest innovations.
The story follows the fortunes of two likely lads, Jaxxon and Largs (Mark Prendergast and Darren Brownlie), a pair of horny layabouts who run foul of the Martian royal family, headed by Marj Hogarth's bombastic Queen.
Broadcasters have run foul of FCC decency standards before, facing fines for profanity and, in the case of Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl show "wardrobe malfunction" nudity.
They run foul of privateers and are press ganged into an army of buccaneers hoping to steal gold and silver by sacking Spanish coastal towns in South America and from Spanish ships on the high sea.
Max is hopping mad at his brother, who has also run foul of Phil Mitchell.
In theory, a financial bidder would not run foul of the competition authorities if they came in with a cash bid that allowed it to buy Safeway and sell it off piecemeal.
They are not impressed by the antics of players who run foul of the laws of the land or their club's disciplinary code.
Krulwich noted that media are eagerly searching for the first company that will run foul of consumers, advising users and developers of personalization that this is "wonderful stuff.
The drawbar of a wagon heavily laden with straw suddenly gave way, causing the wagon to run foul of the kerb and topple over on to the pavement.
It shows how easily westerners can run foul of the law.