butt (up) against (someone or something)

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butt (up) against (someone or something)

1. To be positioned physically next to someone or something. The table is just a little too long—it butts up against the wall over here. Our neighbor's new addition butts against our bushes, unfortunately.
2. To crash into someone or something. My daughter got hurt when another girl on the soccer field butted against her. My car is in the shop because I butted up against a barricade on the highway.
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butt (up) against someone or something

to press against someone or something firmly. This board is supposed to butt up against the one over there. The goat butted against Fred, but didn't hurt him.
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References in classic literature ?
Was it not you, Johnston, who took the fat ox at Finsbury butts against the pick of London town?
Insert the shaft that holds the mandrel (and also locates the fixture) into the base and, while securely holding onto the smooth stub so it does not turn, screw the shaft and mandrel together until the shoulder butts against the rear of the fixture.
Pavlos Vassiliades, an advocate, of Famagusta, said: "I saw repeatedly the accompanying soldiers making indiscriminate use of their rifle butts against persons.
5 million exploration budget in 2007 will allow workers to take up to 3,000-pounds of bulk kimberlite from each of the five targets in the McFadyen property, which butts against the De Beers Victor project.
Pull out and lock the tape, then lay the molding beside it, making sure the molding butts against the wood block, and mark the cutting line.
The counter butts against the base of the window frame, so the wall-spanning window doubles as an eye-catching backsplash.
He adds: "Loch Lomond's southern end butts against the urban sprawl of Dumbarton and Vale of Leven, which is renowned for its social deprivation and crime.
The flush (or "butt") cut is most often used when the chair rail butts against door or window trim.
The metal-framed greenhouse rest on its own concrete pad and butts against the outside of the wing wall.
Next, position the chair back so it rests on the remainder of the support and butts against the seat.
The bed butts against the headboard so pillow tops are level with the 36-inch-high shelf.
Make sure the short dowel butts against the long dowel and that the bottoms hang about 2 inches above the floor.