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English definition of “afoul”

afoul

adverb     /əˈfaʊl/
run/fall afoul of sth/sb to experience problems , punishment , or harm because you do not obey a rule or disagree with a powerful organization , group , or person : He was 15 when he first ran afoul of the law . At one point Seeger fell afoul of the US government for his anti-war actions .Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviourArguing and disagreeing
(Definition of afoul adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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