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contend against someone or something

to fight or compete against someone or something. Do we have to contend against all this criticism? Ed refuses to have to contend against Eric.
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contend with a problem

to put up with a difficulty; to struggle with the problems caused by someone or something. I cannot contend with your temper anymore. I wish we did not have to contend with this changeable weather.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
There were desperate lunges at these chosen spots seemingly every instant, and most of them were bandied like light toys between the contending forces.
Putting this nonsense aside, I have observed a suspicious tendency in the champions to divide into two parties; the one, contending that there are no deserving Poor who prefer death by slow starvation and bitter weather, to the mercies of some Relieving Officers and some Union Houses; the other, admitting that there are such Poor, but denying that they have any cause or reason for what they do.
By examining the development of the University of Chicago, the South Park system, Comiskey Park and the emerging Black Belt, Bachin investigates the ways in which contested cultural ideas are played out in the creation and use of local spaces, and offers a detailed examination of contending political and social values during the Progressive Era.
The two didn't go totally unnoticed, contending for medalist honors in nearly every match and McKenna winning a fourth consecutive Marmonte League individual championship.
Representing middle-class, "moral" African Americans in Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South (1900), Pauline E.
Backed by TV preacher Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice, he sued in state court, contending that this action violated his freedom of religion and free speech rights.
Presumably, it is contending that because its ownership of Conoco was transitory, it never rose to the level of historic ownership.
The move comes less than one week after the ACLJ filed formal complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights contending that Louisiana Dept.
Castro appealed the judgment of conviction, contending that the trial court erred in refusing to conduct a full hearing to determine whether the jury had reached a compromise verdict and in denying his motion for a new trial based on juror misconduct.
The ACLJ has filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights contending that the employer - Louisiana Dept.
on Monday announced they had filed a lawsuit against the American Red Cross contending the agency illegally dominates the blood industry.
District Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky against a public library in Kentucky contending a library employee was fired for wearing a necklace with a cross pendant to work.
Joe attributed her high suspension rate to her policy of recording every suspension, contending some schools artificially keep their official statistics low.
Based on traffic demand, the dynamic allocation of bandwidth is well suited for networks which carry a mixture of contending voice and router traffic.
The initial fiscal analyses, therefore, ``remain the responsibility of the applicants,'' the city is contending.