run afoul of


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run afoul 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 afoul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run afoul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
See also: afoul, of, run

run afoul of

Also, run foul of. Come into conflict with, as in If you keep parking illegally you'll run afoul of the police. This expression originated in the late 1600s, when it was applied to a vessel colliding or becoming entangled with another vessel, but at the same time it was transferred to non-nautical usage. Both senses remain current.
See also: afoul, of, run
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Reported cases reveal that one area where brokers have run afoul of this warning is in mortgage contingency clauses, since a surprising number of buyers will not understand the difficulty of obtaining a mortgage, or that they may suffer the loss of a contract deposit if they fail to get one.
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Despite rhetoric from Porcupines about how their move is easy compared to the difficulties that early migrants to America faced crossing the oceans in search of liberty, most Americans, even most libertarians--assuming they manage not to run afoul of drug laws, eminent domain, or IRS prosecutions-just don't feel so tyrannized on a day-to-day basis that they feel an urgent need to uproot themselves.
Rather than listen to Falwell--who has run afoul of the law and had to pay for that--clergy should get the facts about church politicking from the source that knows the law the best: The IRS.
As applied to exporters, however, the tax has run afoul of the Export Clause of the U.
On the exceptions side, Justice Lehner stated that the law might be unconstitutional "as applied," meaning specific instances might run afoul of the Constitution.
Taxpayers easily can run afoul of these provisions, with unexpected (and sometimes disastrous) tax results.
GGRA strongly supports expanding health care coverage for all San Franciscans, but we need a reasonable plan that doesn't run afoul of federal laws and doesn't place an unfair financial burden on employers," GGRA Executive Director Kevin Westlye said.
The city's legal staff determined the surcharge proposal would run afoul of Proposition 176, the 1994 state constitutional amendment that prohibits cities and counties from levying business license taxes based on gross proceeds for nonprofit, tax-exempt groups.
Bush's re-election team to obtain church directories could cause the houses of worship to run afoul of federal tax law, officials with the Internal Revenue Service say.
Three college students run afoul of a Utah town's dance hall ordinance.
Unless the facts and circumstances clearly establish that the transfer is a guaranteed payment for capital, the transfer may run afoul of the disguised sale rules under Regs.
Perhaps equally "chilling" are scenes in which a chimpanzee assails a smaller primate in a breathless pursuit high in the trees, and a group of chimps form an organized mob to ruthlessly persecute one of their own kind who has run afoul of the social structure.
Not far into the terminally dull ``The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,'' the movie's hayseed hero, Sean (Lucas Black), is sent packing to Japan, having run afoul of the law yet again after crashing another car in a high-speed race.