fall foul of someone


fall foul of someone
fall foul of (someone) to upset someone, so that they do not like you and try to harm you.

Officials who fall foul of the mayor find themselves exiled to the most boring departments.


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  • fall foul of — (someone) to upset someone, so that they do not like you and try to harm you. Officials who fall foul of the mayor find themselves exiled to the most boring departments …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall foul of — see under ↑foul • • • Main Entry: ↑fall fall foul of 1. To come into accidental contact with 2. To clash with 3. To assail • • • Main Entry: ↑foul * * * fall foul of …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall foul of — to get into trouble with someone or something …   English dictionary

  • foul — [[t]fa͟ʊl[/t]] fouler, foulest, fouls, fouling, fouled 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as foul, you mean it is dirty and smells or tastes unpleasant. ...foul polluted water... The pot pourri of smells in the air was quite foul. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • fall — ► VERB (past fell; past part. fallen) 1) move rapidly and without control from a higher to a lower level. 2) collapse to the ground. 3) (fall off) become detached and drop to the ground. 4) hang down. 5) (of someone s f …   English terms dictionary

  • fall — fall1 W1S1 [fo:l US fo:l] v past tense fell [fel] past participle fallen [ˈfo:lən US ˈfo:l ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move downwards)¦ 2¦(stop standing/walking etc)¦ 3¦(decrease)¦ 4¦(become)¦ 5¦(belong to a group)¦ 6 fall short of something 7 fall victim/prey… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fall — 1 verb, past tense fell past participle fallen 1 MOVE DOWNWARDS (I) to move downwards from a higher position to a lower position: The rain had started falling again. (+out of/from/on): Wyatt fell from a second floor window. (+down): I m always… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fall — [[t]fɔ͟ːl[/t]] ♦ falls, falling, fell, fallen 1) VERB If someone or something falls, they move quickly downwards onto or towards the ground, by accident or because of a natural force. [V prep] Her father fell into the sea after a massive heart… …   English dictionary

  • fall — fall1 [ fɔl ] (past tense fell [ fel ] ; past participle fall|en [ fɔlən ] ) verb intransitive *** ▸ 1 move downward quickly ▸ 2 become lower in amount ▸ 3 change to another state ▸ 4 lose power/control ▸ 5 hang down ▸ 6 belong to group/activity… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fall */*/*/ — I UK [fɔːl] / US [fɔl] verb [intransitive] Word forms fall : present tense I/you/we/they fall he/she/it falls present participle falling past tense fell UK [fel] / US past participle fallen UK [ˈfɔːlən] / US [ˈfɔlən] 1) to move quickly downwards… …   English dictionary