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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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The Teessiders again fell foul of the officials with Ryan McQueen picking up his fourth foul and Douglas picked up a technical for disputing their calls.
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Paul Rowlands and Andrew Conn from the Rhondda were said to be planning to take advantage of the new initiative, months after they hit the headlines when they fell foul of a club bylaw prohibiting men from dancing together.
Reigning champion jump jockey Tony McCoy got the defence of his crown off to a winning start at Hexham yesterday, but fell foul of the stewards and picked up a two-day ban in the process.
He was forced to flee the country in March 1982, when his outspoken views fell foul of the Soviet-backed Communist government.
After Scottish Tories suffered a poster fiasco in Scotland earlier this week, Conservative shadow Chancellor Michael Portillo fell foul of the jinx yesterday.
Cockney David Brooks, 49 - who played in Ted Danson's movie Loch Ness - fell foul of untrained ears at Hampstead Heath last year.
Even Princess Margaret fell foul of the Queen's anger after she too revealed gossip about the Duke of Edinburgh.
Boyd fell foul of referee Willie Collum midway through the first half as he tumbled in the box as Queens keeper Ludovic Roy met the striker .
The 22-year-old fell foul of the rule at Leicester on September 11 but, realising the regulators in Shaftesbury Avenue - under pressure from senior jockeys - were reviewing the penalties for the offence, he lodged an appeal against his one-day ban, which the disciplinary panel has since replaced with a caution.
We have had 80 per cent of the game and fell foul to a couple of individual mistakes although their lad has taken both chances well.
As Durham County FA were on inter-county duty on Saturday, only one match was scheduled to take place in the league ( and it fell foul of the weather.