In collision entangled
- particularly of a ship's lines etc
- In collision; entangled.
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.
(adv. & a.) In collision; entangled.
Coming afoul of that old man has a sort of turned me wrong side out.