work against (someone)

phrasal verb

worked against (someone); working against (someone); works against (someone)
: to contribute to a negative result for someone : make something less likely to happen for someone
Her lack of experience worked against her in the election.

Examples of work against (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over time, Harvard, like many other universities, has allowed the core academic mission of research, intellectual inquiry, and teaching to be subordinated to other values that, though important, should never have been allowed to work against it. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 2024 In contrast to the citywide visual of tower cranes at work against blue skies, the real estate industry faces unprecedented and uncertain times. Clayton Sealey, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 In The Orange Bowl actually may work against the Eagles. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 That recovery took three seasons; this one might require more time as external forces (the transfer portal, NIL, etc.) work against the core institutional values. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Advertisement But even then, after two days of spirited work against sets and schemes, there is a whiff of uncertainty surrounding the game. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2024 The Hungarian leader regularly acts as a spoiler of multinational agreements that work against Moscow’s interests, including European Union sanctions on Russia and aid to Ukraine. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 There’s a good combination of herbal supplements that work against anxiety. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2024 And current evidence indicates vaccines and antiviral medications work against it. Mike Stobbe, Fortune Well, 23 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Work against (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20against%20%28someone%29. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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