operate against

operate against someone or something

to work against someone or something; to have a negative effect on someone or something. All of this operates against our idea affixing the garage up as a family room. The new vacation policy operates against my plan to take all of July off.
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Suppose an invasion; would those three governments (if they agreed at all) be able, with all their respective forces, to operate against the enemy so effectually as the single government of Great Britain would?
Browning, accordingly, takes almost no interest in the specific social and political questions of his day, a fact which certainly will not operate against the permanence of his fame.
It is a transparent strategy, spreading hatred and separations while calling upon unity under the umbrella of VMRO-DPMNE against the global conspiracy of the great forces and one group of domestic traitors and enemies who operate against the brave leader and great patriot.
They are in their villages in Northern Golan, they back Assad and they don't like Zionists," Heller told the Israeli channel, noting that Samir al-Qintar "was touring these villages" to offer support and "recruit" their residents to operate against Israel.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Wednesday summoned US Ambassador Richard Olson to the Foreign Office to convey concerns over a recent Pentagon report alleging that terrorists operate against India and Afghanistan from 'sanctuaries' inside Pakistan.
He opined that if Pakistan and Afghanistan jointly operate against militants, US may find a reason for stay in Afghanistan adding that safe havens of terrorists are still present in bordering areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the two countries should co-operate with allied forces in Afghanistan
The CC was required to determine whether NIE s current price control conditions operate or may be expected to operate against the public interest and if so, set a new revenue control for NIE and otherwise modify NIE s licence conditions.
He reiterated that such tragedies cannot mar the spirits of police department and it will continue to operate against the anti-state elements and criminals.
We maintain the right to operate against those who are involved in terror," said army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner.
Yau Yau and his troops have continued to operate against SPLA in Likangole payam [district] of Jonglei.
Mr Hunt said the merger may operate against the public interest in media plurality, but added that he would first consider undertakings from News Corp before confirming the reference to the Commission.
The document adds: "While initiatives and organisations, and their funding, can remain unchanged, they also operate against constantly changing wider economic factors.
Speaking at press conference, Rasool said, "providing direct or indirect backing to the forces that actively operate against the stability of Afghanistan is neither in the interest of Afghanistan nor Pakistan".
In addition to facing rent arrears, landlords also continue to operate against a raft of administration and legislation in order to keep their properties let and the rents coming in.
I guess it is easier for the police to operate against offenders who are unlikely to fight back or run away.