Meaning of afoul

a•foul

Pronunciation: (u-foul'), [key]
— adv., adj.
  1. in a state of collision or entanglement: a ship with its shrouds afoul.
  2. The boat ran afoul of the seaweed.
    1. to become entangled with:The boat ran afoul of the seaweed.
    2. to come into conflict with:The business had fallen afoul of the new government regulations.
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