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run up against

Slang definitions & phrases for run up against

run up against

verb phrase

To meet someone or something as an opponent or obstruction: We were doing fine until we ran up against those real scumbags (1821+)

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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  • Look at the people you run up against in the course of a few hours.

  • Bibi had a black eye; some punch he had run up against the day before.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Honest fellows, like you and me, run up against it and get taken in.

  • It's clever, and it's powerful, whatever we've run up against.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • And in an eon of lying they never have run up against a short-circuit like that.

    Letter of the Law Alan Edward Nourse
  • "Here I run up against the mysterious again," he complained.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith

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