fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

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fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

To become disliked or to come in conflict with someone or something due to one's actions, often resulting in further trouble or conflict. 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. Ted fell afoul of the law when he was still a kid, and he's been in and out of jail ever since.
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fall (a)foul of someone or something

 and run (a)foul of someone or something
to get into a situation where one is opposed to someone or something; to get into trouble with someone or something. Dan fell afoul of the law at an early age. I hope that you will avoid falling afoul of the district manager. She can be a formidable enemy. I hope I don't run afoul of your sister. She doesn't like me.
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fall foul of

come into conflict with and be undermined by.
2004 Sunday Business Post Australia's biggest wine-maker, Foster's Group, is the latest company to fall foul of the wine surplus, which is set to continue for at least two years.
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fall foul of ˈsb/ˈsth

do something which gets you into trouble with somebody/something: They fell foul of the law by not paying their taxes.Try not to fall foul of Mr. Jones. He can be very unpleasant.
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The procurement of aircraft carriers with that ability to strike foreign bases may fall afoul of that clause, but some government officials argue that the constitution doesn't expressly forbid aircraft carriers.
The move was groundbreaking particularly given that many banks - particularly those from Europe - are still standing away from Iran's funding prospects over fears that they may fall afoul of remaining US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Zack Mayo is in training to become a pilot at a flying school for US Navy officers, but his perceived lack of commitment sees him fall afoul of his hardnosed drill sergeant Emil Foley who makes it his mission to break the recruit.
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.
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.
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.
For its regular App Store on iTunes, Apple has pages of submission guidelines and is known for summarily refusing apps that fall afoul of them.
It is further apt to note that this makes Pearl approximately the one-billionth coach at a major-conference program to fall afoul of NCAA guidelines.