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run up against - definition and synonyms


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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrun up against
he/she/itruns up against
present participlerunning up against
past tenseran up against
past participlerun up against
  1. run up against someone/something if you run up against problems, difficulties etc, you have to deal with them

    England ran up against a formidable opponent last Saturday.

    We ran up against a few problems finding enough money.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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