fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

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fall (a)foul of (someone or something)

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.
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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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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 ?
And now I will tell how it came about that Robin Hood fell afoul of the law.
However, he fell afoul of the regime and had lived in exile for several years.
The language fell afoul of Rule 21F-17 of the Dodd-Frank Act, Hayden and Dwyer wrote, which prohibits "any action to impede an individual from communicating directly with the commission staff about a possible securities law violation, including enforcing, or threatening to enforce, a confidentiality agreement.
At first, when he fell afoul of religious police in August 2013, it was after a disagreement in a cafe.
And off and on, when I fell afoul of other rules of the institution, those three 'powers that were' gave me the benefit of the doubt and waited to see whether all that research I'd done would translate into examination success.
Many fell afoul of a stringent protest law as Egypt's Interior Ministry cracked down on dissent," the newspaper said.
Security forces members who once stopped drivers out past curfew instead stood by and watched the show, though one young man fell afoul of the authorities for performing a burnout outside a hotel in his Dodge Challenger, the tyres shrieking and spilling smoke as they spun around.
While musicians were occasionally arrested for vagrancy, and some well-known ones fell afoul of the law for other reasons, music scarcely concerned the police.
By refusing to testify to various congressional committees and invoking the Fifth Amendment, all three fell afoul of the anti-communist atmosphere of the times and placed their careers in jeopardy.
Based in Beijing, Yan fell afoul of authorities there with ''Dream of Ding Village,'' about the AIDS crisis caused by HIV-contaminated blood, and ''To Serve the People,'' with a character who can be aroused only when his lover smashes images of Chairman Mao.
Incidentally, his other restaurant, Berkshire's The Fat Duck, fell afoul of the same bug in 2009, and was closed for two weeks after hundreds of people complained of being sick.
That year, unfortunately, a number of our reports fell afoul of Communist Party censors.
Because of his strong ties with Bhutto, he fell afoul of Gen.
The "Victorian values" that Thatcher sought to foster fell afoul of the celebration of material wealth that her rule brought about.
Nuri, now 62, was interior minister under both Presidents Rafsanjani and Khatami but fell afoul of conservatives for his outspokenness and was expelled from office by the Majlis.