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If you are up against something, you have a very difficult situation or problem to deal with. ⇒ The chairwoman is up against the greatest challenge to her position. ⇒ They were up against a good team but did very well.
He slipped an arm around her shoulder as she nuzzled up against him.MacNeill, Alastair CODE BREAKERCollier had seen him earlier in the night, up against the rail, helpingboys over the side with scant regard for his own safety.Lunnon-Wood, Mike LET NOT THE DEEPFor emphasis, he tried to ram the throttles forward, but they were already hard up against the stops.Terman, Douglas CORMORANTHe pushed up against the massive blocks that had smothered his head.Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice DALE BROWN'S DREAMLAND (5) STRIKE ZONE