run afoul

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run afoul

  1. (transitive, intransitive, nautical) To become entangled or in conflict with.
    • 1995, James Laurence Pelletier, Mariner's Employment Guide, page 514:
      Propellers can run afoul in heavy seaweed, and ships are said to be afoul when they collide.
    • 1857, Thomas Jefferson Farnham, Life, Adventures, and Travels in California‎, page 407:
      At last we hove in sight of the Pacific, and run afoul one of those villainous head winds which you know often set into the west end of the Straits.

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