afoul

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a- +‎ foul

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afoul (comparative more afoul, superlative most afoul)

  1. (archaic, principally nautical) In a state of collision or entanglement.
    The ships' lines and sails were all afoul.
  2. (with with) In a state of entanglement or conflict (with).
    He had a knack for running afoul of the law.

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Further reading[edit]

  • afoul at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • afoul in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911