- to become entangled with: The boat ran afoul of the seaweed.
- to come into conflict with: The business had fallen afoul of the new government regulations.
Origin of afoul
Examples from the Web for afoul
In youth he was so pious, that young and old were afraid to say afoul word in his presence.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Its reluctance was quite uncanny until E. Van Tenner observed that in some way the pencil had got afoul of the pocket flap.The Beggar's Purse|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Yes, marm; but 'tain't there now—the cattle got afoul of the pillar of salt one day, and licked it all up!The Humors of Falconbridge|Jonathan F. Kelley
Of course, every man was on his feet in a second, thinking we were all but afoul of another vessel.
If, like me, you can't pole a punt its length without running into a mud-bank or afoul of the bushes, then send for Fin.The Underdog|F. Hopkinson Smith