afoul of

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to afoul of: run afoul

a·foul of

1. In or into collision, entanglement, or conflict with.
2. Up against; in trouble with: ran afoul of the law.
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Coming afoul of that old man has a sort of turned me wrong side out.
And now I will tell how it came about that Robin Hood fell afoul of the law.
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Because Telekom Austria already owned Mobil-tel in Bulgaria, its prospective acquisition of Vivacom could run afoul of competition authorities, which is why the Austrian company was contemplating a break-up of Vivacom, keeping the fixed-line and broadband business, but selling the mobile operations.
The machine-tool producer ran afoul of Japanese regs concerning shipments to South Korea and China.