Definition of go against in US English:

go against

phrasal verb

  • 1Oppose or resist.

    ‘he refused to go against the unions’
    • ‘The government is seeking to go against the wishes of the public.’
    • ‘Her parents went against the hospital's advice and refused to have her admitted into a psychiatric facility.’
    • ‘I won't go against my family, if they refuse to give their consent.’
    • ‘With the union leaders going one way, he is unlikely to go against them.’
    • ‘When he went against the king's orders and refused to slay a band of barbarian captives, he was promptly put under arrest.’
    • ‘Let me state, right away, that I do not think the Spanish Prime Minister has gone against anybody's decision.’
    • ‘He was known for his art-world contrariness and for going against mainstream trends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The palace guard, still loyal to Chavez, went against army orders and retook the palace.’
    • ‘These women went against the wishes of their husbands to come to this meeting.’
    1. 1.1 Be contrary to (a feeling or principle)
      ‘these tactics go against many of our instincts’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the act also included a ‘conscience clause’ which allowed people the right to refuse to join up if it went against their beliefs.’
      • ‘The government first opposed the policy, ruling that it goes against the constitution, which guarantees equal education to all.’
      • ‘Surely it is going against accepted moral principles to recommend such a substitute for the usual methods of contraception?’
      • ‘He opposed the treaty, arguing that it went against the UN charter and would accelerate the arms race.’
      • ‘His congregation believes same-sex unions go against basic Anglican beliefs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I reserve the right to refuse readings that go against my ethics as a reader and my morals as a human being.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the government goes against our Christian beliefs or ethical obligations we must oppose the demands of the government.’
    2. 1.2 (of a judgment, decision, or result) be unfavorable for.
      ‘the tribunal's decision went against them’
      • ‘We are disappointed in two main decisions which went against us but in the end Middlesbrough probably deserved their win more than we did.’
      • ‘A number of decisions went against us - a couple of hand-balls as well as the penalty which should never have been given.’
      • ‘She realized then that the administration really had been convinced the vote would go against the union.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Swindon councillor Lisa Hawkes (Con, Highworth) said the town would be in danger of being damaged if the decision went against the council.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’