run up against


: to experience (something difficult)
She has run up against a lot of opposition.

Examples of run up against in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The grand idea has been around for decades—and has always run up against daunting technical, economic and political barriers. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Once again, advocates of reform run up against the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which repealed Prohibition in 1933 and left the primary responsibility for regulating alcohol distribution to the states. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 But the effort has run up against the realities of current law — and the Constitution. Clare Duffy and Brian Fung, CNN, 7 July 2021 Some speculate the virus might also have run up against cyclical factors as well as sizable pockets of immunity from prior infections, although there's not agreement among health officials on the magnitude of that protection. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 27 Feb. 2021 Metropolitans 92 could make a deep run in the playoffs and their games could run up against the NBA draft, scheduled for June 22. oregonlive, 10 May 2023 The efforts to narrow L.A.’s extra-wide streets — notoriously difficult and dangerous for pedestrians to cross — sometimes run up against municipal requirements for emergency-vehicle access. Curbed, 20 May 2022 Millaray’s convictions offer run up against the still stark reality of the indigenous experience in Chile as the rest of Latin America. Emiliano Granada, Variety, 12 Nov. 2021 Stimpson acknowledged that the bill could run up against opposition in the supermajority Republican Legislature that, less than a year ago, advanced a permitless carry measure that was opposed by a bipartisan group of sheriffs and police chiefs. al, 30 Jan. 2023

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“Run up against.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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