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.
See also: battle

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.
See also: battle
References in classic literature ?
if John Barleycorn could get such sway over me, a non-alcoholic, what must be the sufferings of the true alcoholic, battling against the organic demands of his chemistry while those closest to him sympathise little, understand less, and despise and deride him!
At last he heard a sudden rush of unshod soles across the empty blackness, and at a little distance a scuffling sound, heavy breathing, and once what he thought the muttered imprecation of a man battling against great odds.
Again and again the merciless leather fell, while in the boats below Muda Saffir and his men shouted loud cries of encouragement to their companions on the ship, and a wide-eyed girl in the stern of Muda Saffir's own prahu looked on in terror, hope and admiration at the man of her own race whom she felt was battling against all these odds for her alone.
And presently the voice returned again, half submerged in the vast crashes, like a ship battling against the waves of an ocean.
He was on his feet in the courtroom, battling against an infringer, when, in the middle of a sentence, he fell to the floor, overcome by sickness and the responsibilities he had carried for twelve years.
At the very threshold of the opening she made a last, heroic stand, battling against the force that drew her on; but in the end she succumbed.
He saluted the armed forces and other law enforcing agencies and the masses for battling against terrorism, saying that the whole nation stands united against terrorism and was ready to sacrifices even their lives while battling against terrorism with the armed forces.
Mr Wallbank no regrets about battling against the obscure law, which rendered him legally responsible for repairs to the church when he inherited Glebe Farm in the 1980s.
Whether we act about the poverty that exists across the world or whether we act about the inequality or discrimination which is an embedded feature in the UK, we are all battling against it.
18 seconds in the absence of Olympic champion and Australian golden girl Cathy Freeman who is battling against injury.