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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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The report notes that "risk and compliance departments at global banks have become more vigilant about turning down deals in China that might have political connections, and thus could fall afoul of restrictions on banks' dealings with politicians, leaving the way open for the Chinese institutions." Global bankers want to avoid charges of money laundering, tax evasion or violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by favoring Chinese business and political leaders or their relatives.
Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, titled his 2009 book ''Three Felonies a Day'' to indicate how easily we can fall afoul of America's metastasizing body of criminal laws.
Supplying steel to Iran is "prohibited," while dealing with the NIOC "is very likely to fall afoul of European Union and US sanctions," Jonathan Moss, partner and head of marine and trade at law firm DWF in London, told Reuters.
Some credit card programs and overdraft protection loans would also fall afoul of the new rules.
That implication seems to fall afoul of our intuitions about certain cases, such as the intuition that a world full of happy people and animals is better than a world full of miserable ones, even if the people and animals are different in the two cases, so that there is no one for whom the second world is better.
"If there's even a 20 percent chance we might fall afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Act, then we simply can't risk it," Gardner said.
As Angel becomes increasingly explosive, the profoundly lonely Rafael unwisely brings addict Lucia (Lucia Guerrero) into his home and tries to clean her up; before long, they fall afoul of the neighborhood and the anti-corruption squad.