afoul afoul  /ə ˈfaʊl/


  • (adj) especially of a ship's lines etc



  1. The Yamadayevs, however, ran afoul of Ramzan Kadyrov, the man Putin installed as ruler of Chechnya.
  2. The Governor was widely considered an inept, ineffective leader even before he ran afoul of the law.
  3. After Andrew ran afoul of the law, a Stamford, Conn.


  1. City says plastic bags not solution for nuisance geese

    A Clinton neighborhood has run afoul of geese. A 1 Garaywa Road resident has had enough and seems to have found an answer. Unfortunately her neighbors and the City of Clinton don't find it very appealing.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WLBT 3 Jackson

  2. UConn men's basketball regains postseason eligibility

    The University of Connecticut men's basketball program has qualified to be academically eligible for the 2014 NCAA tournament. UConn's Huskies had been barred from this year's tournament because they had run afoul of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. The program's APR, which is a measure of student-athletes' academic progress, is based upon a scale up to 1,000 points. The NCAA adopted a new ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio

  3. Obama Cans Regulator Who Crossed Wall Street

    The Obama Administration is quietly firing Commodity Futures Trading Commission head Gary Gensler, who ran afoul of big banks by pushing for greater government oversight. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source:


  1. "The previous administration's 'anywhere, anyhow' policy on oil and gas development ran afoul of communities, carved up the landscape, and fueled costly conflicts that created uncertainty for investors and industry," Interior Secretary Ken...
    on Jan 6, 2010 By: Ken Salazar Source: New York Times

  2. "While the Commandments are religious, they have an undeniable historical meaning," Rehnquist wrote. "Simply having religious content or promoting a message consistent with a religious doctrine does not run afoul of the Establishment Clause."
    on Jun 27, 2005 By: William Rehnquist Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Plans to transfer Guantanamo detainees to Fort Leavenworth would require additional expenses for military construction and enhanced security so as not to run afoul of the law," Skelton said. "I feel strongly that Fort Leavenworth is not an...
    on Aug 10, 2009 By: Ike Skelton Source: Reuters Blogs (blog)

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