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go up against

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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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  • You go up against this town, my boys, and you'll think you're just out o' the shell.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Man is the hardest proposition a woman has to go up against.

  • I wanted to do it all myself, but I find it's a big proposition to go up against.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • A small force, and one ill-equipped to go up against the Baldies.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Never could they go up against the tide if he did not pull more strongly.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • "I'm not fool enough to go up against that war-club," he remarked.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I fancy he means to go up against this fresh duck Merriwell and do him.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • "We ain't fools enough to go up against Jim Weeks," he said.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin

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