fall (a)foul

(redirected from fall afoul)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

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.
See also: fall
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
It quickly becomes apparent, that, no matter how hard the children try, the aunts are easily offended and fall afoul of the children's best efforts to please.
So as not to fall afoul of publishers and copyright law, Byliner does not publish the full text of an article on its own site but only a small taste, "enough for people to see that this is a great article," Tayman said.
Lobbyists have argued the companies' Iranian business doesn't fall afoul of United Nations or EU sanctions.
They kill people who fall afoul of these laws, should the courts see fit to free them.