fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

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fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

1. 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.
2. nautical, obsolete To strike the side of another ship. The two vessels, pitched and tossed as they were by the storm, fell foul of one another and sank into the cold Atlantic ocean.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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References in classic literature ?
What is the use of our bandying hard like women who when they fall foul of one another go out and wrangle in the streets, one half true and the other lies, as rage inspires them?
Moffat's not particularly long but stray from the fairways and you could fall foul of one of the walkers on the famous Southern Upland Way running alongside several of the holes.
Why would one of the world's best run companies make such obvious errors and thereby fall foul of one of the world's most assiduous regulators?
Chelsea player-boss Gullit will try to ensure his Blues boys don't fall foul of one of those Coca-Cola Cup shocks that litter their past, in the live game at Blackpool on Sky Sports 3 (7.30pm) on WEDNESDAY.
Back in Rome for a very successful year working at the Roman Seminary, which included performances of his sacred opera Eumelio, he was unfortunate - and reckless - enough to fall foul of one or more members of the papal choir and found himself blackballed by the papal singers (the details are not known, but he remained blacklisted until 1625).