fall foul of something


fall foul of something
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. 2014.

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  • fall foul of something — fall foul of ˈsb/ˈsth idiom to get into trouble with a person or an organization because of doing sth wrong or illegal • to fall foul of the law Main entry: ↑foulidiom …   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 — 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

  • fall — [fôl] vi. fell, fallen, falling [ME fallen < OE feallan, to fall, akin to Ger fallen < IE base * phol , to fall > Lith púolu, to fall] I to come down by the force of gravity; drop; descend 1. to come down because detached, pushed,… …   English World 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

  • foul — 1 adjective 1 SMELL/TASTE a foul smell or taste is very unpleasant: I gulped down some water to take the foul taste out of my mouth. | foul tasting/foul smelling: The bags of garbage had been piled up in a foul smelling heap. 2 in a foul… …   Longman 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

  • foul — foul1 [ faul ] adjective * ▸ 1 dirty ▸ 2 not allowed by rules ▸ 3 angry ▸ 4 about weather ▸ 5 unpleasant/evil ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) very dirty, or smelling or tasting unpleasant: What s that foul smell? The air within the cell was foul. foul… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English