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  1. in a very difficult situation, or with a serious problem to deal with

    The process could take weeks, but I’m up against a deadline.

    He was up against fantastic odds – he never stood a chance of winning.

    up against it:

    We’ve really been up against it this year, trying to keep production up with demand.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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