afoul\ of
prep.
1. In collision with.

The boat ran afoul of a buoy.

2. In or into trouble with.

The thief ran afoul of the night watchman.

Speeders can expect to fall afoul of the law sometimes.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • afoul — /əˈfaʊl/ (say uh fowl) adjective 1. in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul. –phrase 2. run afoul of, to become involved with to one s disadvantage: run afoul of the law …   Australian English dictionary

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