Meaning of “afoul” in the English Dictionary

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"afoul" in British English

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uk /əˈfaʊl/ us /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.

(Definition of “afoul” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)