The uniformed men took the four of them to a house, lined them up against a wall and shot them, he said.
We are up against a really tough operation that is sitting on millions of dollars.
On one level, the president can hardly believe he is up against this particular wall.
They brought my father into the village and lined him up against a wall to extract information about where the Jew was hiding.
“Harriet and I are up against each other, which is really boring,” she laughs.
I didn't think Abel's relations would lay it up against me if I didn't.
His heelers got up against this line of sphinxes and fell back, done up.
I dread a row before that crowd; they'd just set him up against me.
And if you say that again, I'll bunt you up against the wall.
She's up against the existing divorce law, and that's buttressed by every Church, and every dull married woman in the country.
Old English up, uppe, from Proto-Germanic *upp- "up" (cf. Old Frisian up; Old Norse upp; Danish, Dutch op; Old High German uf, German auf "up"; Gothic iup "up, upward," uf "on, upon, under;" OHG oba, German ob "over, above, on, upon"), from PIE root *upo "up from below" (cf. Sanskrit upa "near, under, up to, on," Greek hypo "under, below," Latin sub "under;" see sub-).
Meaning "exhilarated, happy" first attested 1815. Musical up tempo (adj.) is recorded from 1948. Up-and-coming "promising" is from 1848. Phrase on the up-(and-up) "honest, straightforward" first attested 1863, American English. Up the river "in jail" first recorded 1891, originally in reference to Sing Sing, which is up the Hudson from New York City. To drive someone up the wall (1951) is from the notion of the behavior of lunatics or caged animals. Insulting retort up yours (scil. ass) attested by late 19c.
earliest recorded sense is "to drive and catch (swans)," 1560, from up (adv.). Meaning "to get up, rise to one's feet" (as in up and leave) is recorded from 1643. Sense of "to move upward" is recorded from 1737. Meaning "increase" (as in up the price of oil) is attested from 1915. Cf. Old English verb uppian "to rise." Upping block is attested from 1796.
To raise; increase: My confidence has upped itself (1925+)
[first adjective sense is based on up, ''effervescent, bubbling,'' used of beer and other drinks; later similar uses, from the 1940s, are based on the ''high'' produced by narcotics]