Definition of come up against in US English:

come up against

phrasal verb

  • Be faced with or opposed by (something such as an enemy or problem).

    • ‘One of the big questions that we're going to come up against in thinking through the home media hub will be how do we get people to buy the devices we're talking about.’
    • ‘Both teams came up against very strong opposition but both teams held their own and played some very good football.’
    • ‘The boys were not so successful, coming up against very strong opposition.’
    • ‘He also runs a successful retail consultancy business, helping to solve some of the problems that shops come up against.’
    • ‘He questioned whether enough intelligence was available to assess the number and capabilities of the forces they would come up against.’
    • ‘Female journalists approached her afterwards, saying how it was about time that someone had said something about the chauvinist phenomenon they had been coming up against for the whole of their working lives.’
    • ‘That's something I can always remember coming up against as a player after I started out as a professional in 1987.’
    • ‘In fact, I've never come up against very many people who aren't willing to help me out a little.’
    • ‘Our supporters would expect a victory, but it took us 60 minutes to break them down and that's the way now with all of the teams we are coming up against.’
    • ‘All the same, this is hugely damaging for him and something that he'll have to come up against constantly.’
    undergo, encounter, meet, have experience of, come into contact with, run into, come across, face, be faced with, confront, be forced to contend with
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