afoul of

preposition
\ ə-ˈfau̇-ləv How to pronounce afoul of (audio) \

Definition of afoul of

1 : in or into conflict with ran afoul of the law
2 : in or into collision or entanglement with

First Known Use of afoul of

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afoul of

afoul "fouled, tangled," from a- entry 1 + foul entry 1

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The first known use of afoul of was in 1819

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“Afoul of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afoul%20of. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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