What does afoul mean?

afoul meaning in General Dictionary

In collision entangled

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  • particularly of a ship's lines etc
  • In collision; entangled.

afoul meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1809, originally nautical, "in collision or entanglement," from a- (1) + nasty (adj.). From 1833 in general feeling of "in violent or aggressive conflict," primarily in phrases including run afoul of.

afoul meaning in General Dictionary

(adv. & a.) In collision; entangled.

Sentence Examples with the word afoul

Coming afoul of that old man has a sort of turned me wrong side out.

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