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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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(2.) 'Corporate hospitality could fall foul of new Bribery Act'.
CHECK you are properly insured if taking your car abroad as many British drivers fall foul of foreign motoring rules, claim the British Insurance Brokers' Association.
The insurance pool, led by German insurer Allianz AG, is said to be considering closing the pool because of fears that it may fall foul of European Union competition rules.
German champion jockey Andrasch Starke became the first rider in three years to fall foul of the no-drinks rule when he missed out on five rides at the big Boxing Day meeting in Hong Kong -and then had the ban lifted awaiting the outcome of a blood test.
Nurses risk breaking patient confidentiality but could fall foul of police if they don't report drugs.
"I don't follow it or go on it but if they fall foul of the rule then it may make then think twice next time.
SMALL firms have been warned that their websites could fall foul of new EU rules governing the use of cookies.
The Military Police will be out and about, performing random checks and nobody wants to fall foul of them.
IT SEEMS it's not just actors who fall foul of the Phantom of the Opera.
If Piper is found guilty of the offence, he will be the second Warwickshire player in seven months to fall foul of the drugs regulations.