compete against (someone or something)

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compete against (someone or something)

To work or put forth effort against someone or something in an attempt to do something successfully. I'm probably competing against a hundred people for this job. Instead of competing against the loud music out here, let's go inside and talk.
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compete against someone

to contend against someone; to play against someone in a game or contest. I don't see how I can compete against all of them. She refused to compete against her own brothers.
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compete against something

to struggle against something; to seem to be in a contest with something. It was hard to be heard. I was competing against the noise of construction. Please stop talking. I do not wish to compete against the audience when I lecture.
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I've long watched the older divisions and now I get to compete against them.
It's nice to be able to compete against them at their level,'' Reid said.
Llanelli may have won the Welsh-Scottish League, but we can compete against them.
At the least, we should expect our staff people to learn from them and compete against them.