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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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Promising recruits who fall foul of the armed forces' strict drugs rules will be offered the course as an alternative to being sacked.
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.
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2bn e-Borders programme will fall foul of EU rules and should be put on hold before a legal ruling, the Home Affairs Select Committee said.
He said I could fall foul of a fellow columnist who is waging war on bad grammar and the wrong use of language.
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