run up against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

See also main entry: run