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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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Developer Robert Wolfarth, who ran afoul of the Village at Dadeland Condo Association by renting out units but not paying common charges and association fees, was ordered to turn 15 units over to the association and square up $11,700 in back rent.
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In June, the national church's synod voted down a plan to let local churches decide for themselves whether to bless same-sex marriages while also saying that same-sex blessings do not run afoul of core Anglican doctrine.
The investigation will allow the Commission to assess whether such support falls afoul of EU State Aid rules.
Three days later--after running afoul of a berserk robot, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Nagi's pet tiger, and being forced to model a pretty sailor dress-the Yakuza are starting to look like a pretty good deal.
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No, he didn't run afoul of the USA PATRIOT Act, which infamously allows the government to subpoena library records.