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run against

Also,run up against orrun into. Encounter something, especially a difficulty, unexpectedly. For example, We didn't know we'd run up against so much opposition, or He ran into trouble with his taxes. [ Late 1300s ]
Work against, as in Public sentiment ran against her. [ Late 1300s ]
Oppose for elective office, as in Susan decided to run against a very popular incumbent. This usage is a figurative application of running in a footrace. [ First half of 1800s ]
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  • "They'll run against a stone wall hereabouts," said Kingozi with satisfaction.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Everything had been in vain, and we had run against the overturned van.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Why didn't Tom tell me that he was going to run against my father?

  • There was a run against me last night in that thieving place.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • "Yes, and not a decent man to run against him," added Cornelia Jewett.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow

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