afoul of

preposition \ ə-ˈfau̇-ləv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of afoul of

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

Origin and Etymology of afoul of

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


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