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afoul

(əˈfaʊl)
adv, adj (postpositive)
1. (usually foll by of) in or into a state of difficulty, confusion, or conflict (with)
2. (Nautical Terms) (often foll by of) in or into an entanglement or collision (with) (often in the phrase run afoul of): a yacht with its sails afoul; the boat ran afoul of a steamer.
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a•foul

(əˈfaʊl)

adv., adj.
in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul.
Idioms:
run or come or fall afoul of,
a. to become entangled with: The boat ran afoul of the seaweed.
b. to come into conflict with.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.afoul - especially of a ship's lines etcafoul - especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a foul anchor"
tangled - in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the tangled ropes"
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Translations

afoul

[əˈfaʊl] ADV
1. to run afoul of sbponerse a malas or indisponerse con algn
2. to run afoul of a shipchocar con un barco
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afoul

adj pred adv lines, ropesverheddert, verwirrt; to run afoul of the lawmit dem Gesetz in Konflikt geraten
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