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come up against

Encounter, especially an obstacle or problem. For example, I've never come up against anything I can't handle, or Dealing with Malcolm is like coming up against a brick wall.
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  • Helen and Bo began to come up against thin dead branches that were invisible and then cracked.

  • She had spent them all, and had come up against the wall of blank despair.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • But that doesn't keep them from being terrible forces to come up against, especially for a proud thing like her.

  • The Exeter team is the best-trained one we'll come up against.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • But they had come up against an impenetrable abatis of brush.

  • It was not as if she, like me, had come up against a wall that she could not pass.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • But here we come up against the307 first preoccupation of eschewing all so-called literary content.

  • She certainly would be careful not to come up against him again.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • The boches are retreating to very strongly fortified positions, where the advance is going to come up against a stone wall.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell

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