run foul of (someone or something)

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run foul 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 foul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run foul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
See also: foul, of, run
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Occasionally the projecting out-riggers of their slight shallops running foul of one another, would become entangled beneath the water, threatening to capsize the canoes, when a scene of confusion would ensue that baffles description.
But, as good seldom or never comes pure and unmixed, without being attended or followed by some disturbing evil that gives a shock to it, our fortune, or perhaps the curses which the Moor had hurled at his daughter (for whatever kind of father they may come from these are always to be dreaded), brought it about that when we were now in mid-sea, and the night about three hours spent, as we were running with all sail set and oars lashed, for the favouring breeze saved us the trouble of using them, we saw by the light of the moon, which shone brilliantly, a square-rigged vessel in full sail close to us, luffing up and standing across our course, and so close that we had to strike sail to avoid running foul of her, while they too put the helm hard up to let us pass.
As a result, NRW fears it risks running foul of the EU Habitats Directive, as many of Wales' salmon rivers have SAC status.
Muscat: Many small-time grocers and retailers in the Sultanate who have long tended to give short shrift to basic consumer rights and fair trading practices now find themselves running foul of Oman's tough Consumer Protection regulations.
Fear of running foul of the ICC will serve as a restraint.
Outside the park, companies are coming up with novel ways to piggyback on the Games without running foul of a 2006 British law that tightened protection for Olympic sponsors and has the clout to issue fines of a hefty $30,000.
a seaside Continually running foul of the irascible head surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt, Sparrow's social life is spiced up when he is taken under the wings of two student repeaters, in the form of Tony Grimsdyke and John Evans, to farcical consequences.
Then there were the accidents -- British banks took a huge hit after running foul of the regulators on sales of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) while public opinion bashed all lenders as more interested in huge bonus payouts than in providing credit to get business going again.
Maggie is a rebellious bohemian who is continually running foul of the airline's rigid dress code.
In order to avoid running foul of sanctions on supplying Iran with militarily useful equipment, fuel rods for the site are being supplied by Russian firms, who are also disposing of nuclear waste outside of the country.
The French news agency has reported diplomats saying that Tripoli's current quarterly order for vaccines is being held up because Dutch bank ABN-AMRO will not accept a credit note from the Bank of Libya, for fear of running foul of sanctions or risking a public backlash.
First and foremost, the best golf has been played by the plotters who can navigate their way round without running foul of those deep, sheer fairways traps.
The case is seen by many working in China as a signal that the government is subjecting foreign companies to increasingly close scrutiny, raising the risks of running foul of secrecy laws that are, themselves secret.
Meanwhile, more historical shenanigans were afoot north of the border when the owner of an Aberdeen takeaway was forced to change the name of his shop--the Earl of Sandwich--after running foul of the man of the same name.
could participate in the IPO of a sanctioned Sudanese company without running foul of U.