Definition of go against in English:

go against

phrasal verb

  • 1Oppose or resist.

    ‘he refused to go against the unions’
    • ‘The palace guard, still loyal to Chavez, went against army orders and retook the palace.’
    • ‘The government is seeking to go against the wishes of the public.’
    • ‘He was known for his art-world contrariness and for going against mainstream trends.’
    • ‘When he went against the king's orders and refused to slay a band of barbarian captives, he was promptly put under arrest.’
    • ‘I won't go against my family, if they refuse to give their consent.’
    • ‘Let me state, right away, that I do not think the Spanish Prime Minister has gone against anybody's decision.’
    • ‘These women went against the wishes of their husbands to come to this meeting.’
    • ‘With the union leaders going one way, he is unlikely to go against them.’
    • ‘Her parents went against the hospital's advice and refused to have her admitted into a psychiatric facility.’
    • ‘Councillors went against a decision made last November by members of a council urgency committee, who voted that the footpath should be closed to protect staff and pupils from violence and harassment.’
    1. 1.1 Be contrary to (a feeling or principle)
      ‘these tactics go against many of our instincts’
      • ‘Thankfully, I had foreseen there might be a bit of a problem and, going against my natural aversion for planning ahead, I had checked out the menu in the window to see if they had anything for vegetarians.’
      • ‘Surely it is going against accepted moral principles to recommend such a substitute for the usual methods of contraception?’
      • ‘That is a problem for science, however, because religion is grounded in faith ‘without a need for supporting evidence’, which goes against the principles of scientific inquiry.’
      • ‘The government first opposed the policy, ruling that it goes against the constitution, which guarantees equal education to all.’
      • ‘He opposed the treaty, arguing that it went against the UN charter and would accelerate the arms race.’
      • ‘However, the act also included a ‘conscience clause’ which allowed people the right to refuse to join up if it went against their beliefs.’
      • ‘His congregation believes same-sex unions go against basic Anglican beliefs.’
      • ‘If the government goes against our Christian beliefs or ethical obligations we must oppose the demands of the government.’
      • ‘If we have democratically agreed to go on strike, whatever unjust law they want to bring in to stop us will be going against our human rights as workers.’
      • ‘I reserve the right to refuse readings that go against my ethics as a reader and my morals as a human being.’
    2. 1.2 (of a decision or result) be unfavourable for.
      ‘the tribunal's decision went against them’
      • ‘Although the United manager admitted Dunn was wrong to disallow Malcolm Christie's stoppage-time effort for Derby, he was more upset by the decisions that went against the champions.’
      • ‘A number of decisions went against us - a couple of hand-balls as well as the penalty which should never have been given.’
      • ‘We are disappointed in two main decisions which went against us but in the end Middlesbrough probably deserved their win more than we did.’
      • ‘The Amicus union's three votes went against Livingstone.’
      • ‘‘It would be easy for me to look for decisions which went against us, which probably cost us in the end, but I am not in the business of blaming anyone other than myself,’ he said.’
      • ‘We've been unlucky before, but every team at the bottom end of the league has hard luck stories: decisions that went against them or not getting the breaks they deserved.’
      • ‘For the emerging nation he seemed an ideal captain and he won many friends in the series lost in England largely because of some atrocious umpiring decisions which went against South Africa in the final Test.’
      • ‘Residents, not just developers, should be allowed to appeal to the Deputy Prime Minister if decisions went against them, an Ilkley district councillor said this week.’
      • ‘Swindon councillor Lisa Hawkes (Con, Highworth) said the town would be in danger of being damaged if the decision went against the council.’
      • ‘She realized then that the administration really had been convinced the vote would go against the union.’