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run foul

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  • “I hope we may not run foul of one,” observed Colonel Morley.

  • “Not the first vessels that have run foul in a fog,” observed young Tom.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • You've run foul of Jim Plimsoll—or he foul of you, which is more likely.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • To run foul of a yacht is to come in collision with another.

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • I reckon you mean you still hope we might run foul of some sort of game that would give us a supper?


    Alan Douglas
  • The masters and pilots to keep regular watch, taking special care not to run foul of each other.

  • I only wish all the drunkards could be put in a lunatic asylum instead of being allowed to run foul of sober people.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • I'm not used to it, you see, so no wonder if I run foul of their sensibilites and sentimentalities, and capsize a few of them.

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
  • These yearly shifting shoals in the Amazon can not be laid down in charts, and the most experienced pilots often run foul of them.

  • It looks to me like the hull of a dismasted ship—an ugly thing to run foul of on a dark night with a heavy gale blowing.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston

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