afoul Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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uk   us   /əˈfaʊl/
run/fall afoul of sth/sb to ​experienceproblems, ​punishment, or ​harm because you do not ​obey a ​rule or ​disagree with a ​powerfulorganization, ​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-waractions.
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