To run afoul of

Related to To run afoul of: run foul
to run against or come into collision with, especially so as to become entangled or to cause injury.

See also: Afoul

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
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.
In addition, a practice as seemingly innocuous as accepting employee or client trip cost reimbursements can cause a company to run afoul of FAA laws.
Even worse, children of single parents are more likely than their counterparts in intact families to have emotional and behavioural problems, to abuse drugs, to get pregnant as teenagers, to drop out of high school and to run afoul of the law.