Definition of 'up against'
Example sentences containing 'up against'
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They were up against it yesterday and still found a way through. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Yet neither of the other two left his team up against it quite like this one. The Sun (2017)Now we are going up against a good team. The Sun (2016)But they were up against the most prolific, incisive attack of the modern era. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We were always up against it and in the end we just didn't want it to get embarrassing. The Sun (2017)But it's always difficult when you come up against a team which has played a system more often than you. The Sun (2016)Many older people don't seem to understand how much things have changed and how much more up against it we are financially. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The system worked reasonably well, but sometimes the wing backs will struggle to cope with the workload when they come up against top teams. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The charges drawn up against the judge were purely political. America Past and Present (1995)We can come up against anyone and give them a difficult time. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You cannot be too critical when you come up against a team as strong as theirs. The Sun (2014)My pride insists that my team do well up against anybody. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But he will also be the first to tell you they are really up against it now. The Sun (2016)The artist cannot give up against that threat. Times, Sunday Times (2012)When they come up against good teams they are exposed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)One cannot delve too deeply into the male modelling world without coming up against it. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We came up against a team better than us. The Sun (2010)Today we came up against a team who defended well and hit us with a sucker punch. The Sun (2012)But we showed anyone that comes here we will match up against them and give it a right go. The Sun (2015)This is the mindset that takes hold when a growing air of vulnerability comes up against a growing air of invincibility. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It is probably not the team that will pick up against Australia and beyond. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Having said that, you may well come up against some opposition. The Sun (2011)Perhaps you're up against the issue now. Christianity Today (2000)There's a point where legality and ethics rub up against each other. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It was awful defending again and City were really up against it now. The Sun (2012)The bad news is that humans may be about to bump up against the limits of what our brains are capable of understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He is set to have a scan today to find out whether he suffered a recurrence to the injury he picked up against Burnley. The Sun (2009)My story at the time was that my father couldn't take care of us so he had to give us up against his will. Trauma and Recovery (1992)The Scot likes to stress how well he matches up against left-handers. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Students probably feel about bankers the way the rest of us do, only more so, and a protest has grown up against allowing him on the campus. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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