Definition of afoul in English:



North American
  • Into conflict or difficulty with.

    • ‘We have fallen afoul of censorware companies before, but they've always been able to remove us from their blacklist in a few minutes.’
    • ‘In the midst of the public outcry about the team's expenditures and eccentricities, Joe stepped afoul of the law.’
    • ‘Well tonight, something has gone afoul with a fowl.’
    • ‘Finally, the plants must respect the factors that are always present or that may run them afoul of the local jurisdiction.’
    • ‘Still, she ultimately wants to prevent the debilitating financial judgments against employers who were acting in good faith but unwittingly went afoul of the law.’
    • ‘Running afoul of the regime, he was forced to seek asylum in a neighbouring country.’
    • ‘The treatment of social issues in her films, including several documentaries, has run her afoul of the government.’
    • ‘This, however, soon runs him afoul of Frankie who as you might have guessed is a blonde.’
    • ‘Although as the final paragraph says, the group may have still fallen afoul of the law by not putting complete addresses on some of the pamphlets.’
    • ‘However, something is afoul in the city that never sleeps.’
    • ‘Moreover, there is this tiny but significant possibility that all this is driven by nothing else but my desire to run constantly afoul of my middle class upbringing.’
    • ‘But when a talent show prank goes afoul, tempers flare.’
    • ‘You could run afoul with your business partner though you had planned on being friends or married for life or someone might want out, even though there's no exit plan.’
    • ‘They objected to the religious laxity of the sultan and ran afoul with him.’
    • ‘I don't know if that was the problem or if something else went afoul.’
    • ‘Run afoul of such a policy, and you risk not only being fired, but losing control of your business.’
    • ‘But globalization has also fallen afoul of a younger group of critics.’
    • ‘Ironically for someone who is supposed to be a champion of clean politics, he has fallen afoul of the very rules that were introduced to stamp out political corruption.’
    • ‘Falling for a fellow teacher runs him afoul of the principal, who has designs on the woman.’
    • ‘But opposition figures reiterated the pro-democracy positions that first ran them afoul of the government ahead of the trip.’