fall/run afoul of

idiom

Definition of fall/run afoul of

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

Learn More about fall/run afoul of

Statistics for fall/run afoul of

Cite this Entry

“Fall/run afoul of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%2Frun%20afoul%20of. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

Comments on fall/run afoul of

What made you want to look up fall/run afoul of? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!