Fall foul of ....

What does "Fall foul of ...." mean?

Today it means: Usually when something bad has happened.

Foul can be found in all manner of nautical terms and it usually refers to something un-pleasant. Foul weather, bad weather. A foul anchorage, an anchorage where one ship can swing and possibly hit another. Foul area, pipe outlet or similar. Foulys, waterproof clothing for bad weather. A great many Navel cap badges display a fouled anchor; an anchor with a rope twisted around it. Even a relationship can go foul.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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