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up against

Definition of up against

  1. 1 :  placed so as to be touching (something) <The bed was up against the wall.>

  2. 2 :  confronted with <The problem we are up against is a difficult one.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

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  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when


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