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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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Could they even advocate research into the question without falling afoul of medical ethics?
The airline seems to have stretched its existence past breaking point -- falling afoul of everyone including employees, creditors, regulators and tax authorities.
The resignation is seen as a bid to avoid falling afoul of conflict of interest laws.
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Only a few days after Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor canceled a London trip for fear of arrest, Israeli officials confirmed that they would "postpone" an annual high level British-Israeli military dialogue planned for later this month to avoid falling afoul of the U.K.'s "universal jurisdiction" law.
Lula will have to raise tax collections, however, to increase government spending without falling afoul of IMF-agreed goals.