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go up against

verb phrase

To confront; face; challenge: So that's the kind of piffle actors have to go up against (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • They had hoped to win, but it was a big thing to go up against a six cylindered craft with a four.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • Man is the hardest proposition a woman has to go up against.

  • It'll all work out right before we go up against Herne in June.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • "I'm not fool enough to go up against that war-club," he remarked.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Never could they go up against the tide if he did not pull more strongly.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • I fancy he means to go up against this fresh duck Merriwell and do him.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • When I go up against a thing like that on the sections, I fire the whole bunch and import a few more Italians.

  • You can go up against the ugliness of life and never—not for an instant—even realize what you touch.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson

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