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- dialect form of against
- ‘This seems to have resulted in a straight two to one win for the opposers - 15,000 comments agin, 7,500 for.’
- ‘It's the whole ‘you either wit us or agin us’ mentality.’
- ‘But a myth's grown up, and has grown up particularly in the 20th century (it probably dates right back to the Enlightenment), that the poet's agin the state, he's agin whatever it is that seems to hold everything together.’
- ‘Don't get me wrong; from what you say I'm more with ye than agin ye - I just want to hear your thoughts on where we go, much more so than why everyone else is wrong, without putting forward a view of your own.’
- ‘Now watch and I'll show you the story of life. These fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warrin’ and a-tuggin ’, one agin the other.’
Early 19th century: variant of the obsolete preposition again, with the same meaning.
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