battle against

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battle against

1. To compete with an opponent in an intense way. We've been battling against enemy soldiers for days, and still they refuse to retreat. Those two teams battled against each other in a brutal seven-game playoff series.
2. To try to overcome something, such as a problem, issue, or illness. Aunt Margaret has been battling against cancer disease for a while now. As women, we had to battle against sexism in order join the city council.
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battle against someone or something

 
1. Lit. to wage a fight against someone or something; to attempt to defeat someone or something. The army battled against the enemy until both sides were exhausted.
2. Fig. to struggle with someone or something. We are battling against the ancient enemies of ignorance and hatred. I am tired of battling against Karen.
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References in classic literature ?
For an hour I battled against the cruelly enveloping death that surrounded me upon all sides.
Troops from the Lebanese Armed Forces and Civil Defense battled against fires in the Southern Lebanese villages
Troops from the Lebanese Armed Forces and Civil Defense battled against fires in the Southern Lebanese villages of al-Hilaliya, Aadlun, Hbush, Nabatiyeh, Yater and Al-Faridis.
Sgt Major Jim Greaves, 37, from Newcastle, was one of 100 men from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who battled against 149 attacks and killed more than 200 enemy soldiers.
A mother-of-two who battled against breast cancer is to carry the Olympic torch through London today.
COLIN JACKSON battled against high winds to win the 110 metre hurdles in the Telstra-A Championships in Brisbane, writes Andrea Morgan.