run foul of (someone or something)

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run foul of (someone or something)

To be in severe disagreement, trouble, or difficulty with someone or something; to be at odds with someone or something, especially due to disobeying rules or laws. Always look into the laws of any place you visit, or you may end up unwittingly running foul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run foul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
See also: foul, of, run

run foul of

come into conflict with; go against.
This expression is nautical in origin: when used of a ship it means ‘collide or become entangled with an obstacle or another vessel’. Both literal and figurative uses were current by the late 17th century.
See also: foul, of, run
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We spent some time around its upper end, where we found food in plenty; and then, one day, in the forest, we ran foul of the Tree People.
But by coolly giving the reins a better direction herself they happily passed the danger; and by once afterwards judiciously putting out her hand they neither fell into a rut, nor ran foul of a dung-cart; and Anne, with some amusement at their style of driving, which she imagined no bad representation of the general guidance of their affairs, found herself safely deposited by them at the Cottage.
And woe to the dog that at such times ran foul of him.
The light is out, and I nearly ran foul of the end of this damned jetty.
The ride-hailing company was declared an illegal taxi service after it ran foul of government regulations.
In Sunday's race, Jenson Button ran foul of tightened radio rules, collecting a drive through penalty when his McLaren team informed him how to get around a hydraulics issue that was causing him brake problems.
Mane famously ran foul of his previous boss at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, when he was fined and publicly humiliated for being late to a team meeting, but under Klopp he insists there is no chance of a repeat.
And he wasn't in the running for Jaguar's Good To Be Bad ad campaign, starring Tom Hiddleston which ran foul of the Advertising Standards Authority for encouraging irresponsible driv- ing.
It goes without saying the statement ran foul of many.
But Gujral ran foul of the party when he refused to censor radio broadcasts during the state of emergency imposed by Gandhi in 1975.
Lomonosov favoured statistical controls to cut operating costs, but those efforts ran foul of entrenched political and managerial bureaucracies.
Under his watch, which lasted between 2003 and 2007, prominent Nigerians including top politicians and bankers, who ran foul of the law, were made to face the music.
Asian artists with songs banned included Taiwan's Chang Hui-mei, who previously ran foul of the Beijing government after singing the Taiwan anthem at the inauguration of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian in 2000.
That the WLGP went on stream ahead of schedule was a tribute to ENI's patience in overcoming many years of bureaucratic hurdles in Libya, where few people were prepared to make key decisions lest they ran foul of Col.
It applied for membership in July 1996 but ran foul of an effective U.