Also, run up against or run 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]
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How to use run against in a sentence
On virtually every important issue, they will run against their national party.
The firebrand union president, Karen Lewis, may run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
We need to get you elected to county commission, to the Ohio House, and then run against Boehner.Tea Party Prepared to Fight the GOP Forever, Even After Tuesday’s Losses | David Freedlander | May 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, she said it was simply because she thought Obama would be the weakest Democrat to run against McCain.Republican Congressional Candidate's Awkward Obama Vote | Ben Jacobs | April 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Others are cravenly ready to run against the Affordable Care Act.
As Coronado lounged into the main doorway he was run against by a short, pursy old gentleman who was rushing out.Overland | John William De Forest
Coming out suddenly he had run against a man who was in a suspicious attitude at the entrance.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Supposing, as I expect, that we find that we merely run against inaccessible cliff, I want to know what you intend to do.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
I guess my fists will lay out any kind of a ghost that I run against.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
I fly from falling dust and brickbats, only to run against ladders and paint-pots.