Afoul definition

əfoul
In a collision or a tangle.
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In a state of entanglement or conflict with.

He had a knack for running afoul of the law.

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run afoul of
  • to collide with or become entangled with
  • to get into conflict or trouble with
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of afoul

  • a- +‎ foul

    From Wiktionary