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

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • The Exeter team is the best-trained one we'll come up against.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • 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 it will be different when I come up against the American Leaguers.

  • Never have I come up against anything like what is going on over there in Canada.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • But they had come up against an impenetrable abatis of brush.

  • But this was the most difficult proposition that she had ever come up against.

    Exit Betty

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

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • He's got to come up against all sorts of exasperations on his job, too.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.

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