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be against (someone or something)
1. To be in opposition to or defiance of someone or something. This plan is against my principles, so I cannot be a part of it. Are you willing to testify in court that your company was against this initiative when it was introduced? How many people are against this proposal for a new shopping center?
2. To be in competition with someone or something. I'll be against a three-time state champion in the first bracket of the tournament. It's an attractive design, but it is against one of the most popular products in the world, the myPhone.
3. To be to someone's or something's detriment or disadvantage. I'm shocked that the ruling was against us. I thought our case was rock solid. Everything seemed to be against our product when it was first unveiled, from the timing of our competitor's version to the appetite of the market. Needless to say, it performed below expectations.
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To be opposed to something or someone: I'm against that kind of severe punishment. All those who are against this proposal should raise their hands.
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