fall foul of


fall foul of
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. 2014.

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  • 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 — (something) slightly formal to break a law or a rule, and often be punished. If their market share grows too large, they will fall foul of anti monopoly laws …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall foul of — ► fall foul (or chiefly N. Amer. afoul) of come into conflict with. Main Entry: ↑fall …   English terms dictionary

  • fall foul of — index bicker Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fall foul — verb a) To collide; to conflict with; to attack (+ on, of, upon) He was, literally speaking, drunk; which circumstance, together with his natural impetuosity, could produce no other effect than his running immediately up to his daughter, upon… …   Wiktionary

  • fall foul — phrasal 1. : to have a collision : become entangled used chiefly of ships 2. : to have a quarrel : clash often used with of fell foul of one another 3. archaic : to make an attack …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall foul of — collide; quarrel, conflict [with]. See impulse, discord …   English dictionary for students

  • fall foul — get into a quarrel, clash; collide (of ships) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fall foul of — v. have a collision with (Nautical); become entangled with; become involved; attack …   English contemporary dictionary

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