fall/run afoul of

idiom

chiefly US
: to get into trouble because of not obeying or following (the law, a rule, etc.)
After leaving home he fell afoul of the law.
an investor who has run afoul of stock market rules

Examples of fall/run afoul of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest erstwhile high flyer to fall afoul of regulators is India’s Paytm, whose payments bank has been ordered to cease providing most services by Feb. 29 and which could lose its payments license. Zennon Kapron, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 As a freethinker who had run afoul of both Judaism and Christianity, Spinoza knew that bigotry and fanaticism weren’t just imposed on the people; they were also imposed by the people. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Even in areas of public policy where Trump’s instincts led the way — immigration policy, most notably among them — the former president relied on seasoned conservative policy-makers to ensure his preferences didn’t run afoul of the law. Noah Rothman, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 Clubs that do run afoul of the law won’t get citations right away. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 Congress passed the law in 1961 in response to lobbying from the NFL, recognizing that such behavior could run afoul of the Sherman Act, an antitrust law barring unreasonable restraints of trade, among other things. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2024 ChexSystems is a consumer reporting agency similar to a credit bureau that flags people who run afoul of bank rules like repeatedly overdrafting or having their account involuntarily closed. Martha C. White, wsj.com, 8 Nov. 2023 By teaming up with Niron, GM is making a long-term bet that the magnets can eventually help supplement the need for Chinese parts that may run afoul of the tax credit rules. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 8 Nov. 2023 But Rau-Lehmann, 23, didn’t want to run afoul of the rules, and there’s already plenty of nervous chatter among the Swift fan base about whether people standing up to dance will block anyone’s view. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Fall/run afoul of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%2Frun%20afoul%20of. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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