come afoul of

afoul

[uh-foul]
adverb, adjective
1.
in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul.
Idioms
2.
run/come/fall afoul of,
a.
to become entangled with: The boat ran afoul of the seaweed.
b.
to come into conflict with: The business had fallen afoul of the new government regulations.

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism; a-1 + foul

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afoul (əˈfaʊl)
 
adv, —adj
1.  (usually foll by of) in or into a state of difficulty, confusion, or conflict (with)
2.  (often foll by of) in or into an entanglement or collision (with) (often in the phrase run afoul of): a yacht with its sails afoul; the boat ran afoul of a steamer

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afoul
"entangled," 1809, originally nautical, now mainly in phrase to run afoul of; from a- (1) + foul.
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