combine against

combine (something) against (someone or something)

To integrate multiple things, people, or qualities in order to counteract or oppose someone or something else. We have to combine all possible research methods against this disease before it becomes an epidemic. We must combine forces against this dreadful foe!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

combine something against someone or something

to join something together in opposition to someone or something. We will combine forces against the enemy. Our game plan combined our various talents against the opposite team.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Regarding themselves as Middlemarch institutions, they were ready to combine against all innovators, and against non-professionals given to interference.
It is in vain to build or plot or combine against it.
A future conflict between an All Arab Coalition supported by the US-Israel Combine against Iran would not only weaken both the belligerents significantly but would also brutally divide the Muslim world further.
Our principles prevent us from doing that, unless one day we have no choice but to combine against a greater common threat.
In fact, Orwell was so impressed with the value of the Penguin paperbacks -- a line of products from The Bodley Head publishers of London that had debuted in 1935 -- that he suggested other publishers would be wise to "combine against them and suppress them.''
Whenever the opposition has tried to combine against the government, the government has lured away partners with promise of powerful posts.
The foursomes pairings will see Webb Simpson and Watson again combine against Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, who were victorious in Friday's foursomes, while match two sees unbeaten pair Bradley and Phil Mickelson face Westwood and Luke Donald.
* Support to TTP by foreign agencies, use of Afghan soil by RAW-RAAM-Mossad combine against Pakistan and establishment of CIA outposts in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan deflected USA from its mission of fighting and defeating terrorism and allowed Taliban to wrest initiative and gain an upper edge.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani will combine against their old clubs.
Famous authors like J B Priestley and George Bernard Shaw gave enthusiastic backing, George Orwell said more guardedly: "The Penguin Books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them."
Pc Simon Bilbie, of Warwickshire police, said: 'It is likely that a combination of the heavily laden vehicle, defects in the vehicle's condition and tyre pressure imbalance exacerbated by his comparative lack of driving experience served to combine against the driver of the Imp.'
PC Simon Bilbie said: "It's likely that a combination of the heavily laden vehicle, the defects in the vehicle's condition and tyre pressures' imbalance exacerbated by his comparative lack of driving experience, served to combine against the driver of the Imp."
It is a great pity that Ferguson called off again last night as it would certainly have been interesting to see how well he and Lambert could combine against the Lithuanians.
The idea is caught in the 19th-century Scottish saying that business and labor should combine against finance.
In The State (1889), he warned that industrialization was allowing "the rich and the strong to combine against the poor and the weak." A stronger state, he believed, would be a less dangerous remedy for America's problems than more direct popular rule.