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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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Then Scruggs fell afoul of the law himself, eventually being convicted of attempting to bribe a Mississippi judge in a case over the distribution of attorneys' fees in previous settlements with State Farm.
After school officials informed Palmer of his offense, his parents gave him the John Edwards shirt to substitute for "San Diego." This too fell afoul of district policy.
While Apple's teams worked spectacularly well across divisions and platforms, the Sony project fell afoul of internal politics, soured relationships and a culture that rewarded competition among engineers, not collaboration.
He fell afoul of drugs, but while serving his prison sentence, he was given the opportunity to paint more than one hundred murals for the Department of Corrections.
Black females fell afoul of the criminal justice system because Philadelphia's prevailing racism precluded them from the benefits of full citizenship.
Moreover, some Sunnis in the government fell afoul of B'athists under Saddam and may not be eager to bring back members of the former dictatorship.
But he fell afoul of the regime in place under Porter Goss, George W.
Mendel and the whole theory of genetic inheritance fell afoul of the pseudoscientific theories of Trofim Lysenko, the minister of Soviet agriculture who had gained the backing of the scientifically naive Soviet bureaucracy.
According to Diamond, the Greenland Norse fell afoul of all five of his baleful factors.
On the analysis offered here, the Jews of Europe, and the Gypsies, and all who otherwise fell afoul of the Nazis, would morally have had the burden of determining (having 'very good grounds to believe') that killing German civilians would prevent or stop the genocide, before they could have done so.
The company fell afoul of the ABC when it moved production form Dallas to Fort Worth in May of this year, but continued to use labels that said the beer was made in Dallas.