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Amnesty International has campaigned publicly against the death penalty.
I’m against all forms of censorship.
England’s World Cup game against Argentina
The king’s son died in battle, fighting against the Persians.
the fight against drugs in our city’s schools
The dictator is charged with crimes against humanity.
Police are investigating death threats made against a prosecution witness.
illegal discrimination against homosexuals
He’s over 40, so his age may count against him.
There was growing resentment among the people against their foreign rulers.
Louis turned against his former ally, and withdrew his support.
Accusations of bribery had been made against the vice-president.
Police are expected to bring criminal charges against Warren.
The plants must be protected against frost until late spring.
All the children have been vaccinated against diseases such as polio.
We were sailing against a strong easterly wind.
The dark ruins of the castle stood out against the evening sky.
This year’s profits amounted to only £35 million, against £52 million last year.
Why is there a preference for the American system as against the British?
It is against the law to park here overnight.
She took the two children away against her husband’s wishes.
Against the advice of his doctor, Maynard insisted on taking part.
I think he’s got something against artists.
I have nothing against Tom personally.
We measure our achievements against the highest standards.
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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word