contend with


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contend with (someone or something)

1. To compete against someone. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend with other swimmers his age. If you push him to enter this race, he'll just end up disappointed.
2. To struggle against or work to solve a problem or issue. I'm not ready to contend with that problem just yet—I need coffee first. How can we contend with these huge financial losses and still stay in business?
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contend with someone (for something)

 and contend (with someone) for something
to fight someone for something; to compete with someone to win something. I don't want to have to contend with Sally for the award. I don't want to have to contend for the job with Ed.
See also: contend
References in classic literature ?
Greater things than the Doctor had at that time to contend with, would have yielded before his persevering purpose.
14] Because white men regularly raped Black women both for the purpose of white male sexual gratification and as a means of increasing the white man's property under the race-based slave system, Black women have had to contend with a very distinct history of race-based sexual violence and the resulting social stigma of sexual licentiousness, despite the fact that they had neither legal right to deny nor legal means to resist unwelcome white (and sometimes Black) sexual advances.