compete against (someone or something)

(redirected from competing against)

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.
See also: compete
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: compete

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.
See also: compete
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
span xml:lang="EN-GBNikita was also recognised under the Revelation of the African Continent and Best Female Artist in East Africa categories, competing against artists such as South Africa's Sho Madjozi and Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee.
The employees played for two of the Society's 11-a side teams - Coventry Building Society Football Club and Coventry Building Society Blue Football Club - competing against 18 other businesses' teams from across Warwickshire.
Allergan (AGN) is competing against Japan's Takeda (TKPYY) in a race to potentially buy Shire (SHPG), according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
Jake Brown, 17, and Daisy Cooil aged 16 have been competing against the best paddlers in the United Kingdom over the past two weekends and four races at Holme Pierrepoint White Water course in Nottingham and Lee Valley White water centre.
"Honestly, hand on heart, if reach the play-offs this year - competing against what we're competing against - it would be our best achievement since we've come back into the league."
The 12-and-under team performed their routine to the theme tune from the Jungle Book and came ninth in the competition - an outstanding achievement given they were competing against 21 teams.
Venkaiah Naidu said that he is not competing against an individual or party but is solely focused on contesting for the post of the Vice-President of India.
Originally, FOX and NBC were competing against each other to release the new episodes.
The annual series of weekly competitions that run throughout the year features youth teams from all over the world competing against teams from Aspire Academy.
They were chosen after competing against 44 of their contemporaries and pupils from other schools, where they had traded in a business simulation game, which involved them taking a product to market and selling it after completing three 'years' of trading, as well as considering ethical issues around it.
Sean Sneddon, who is just 10 and 4ft 8in, will be competing against players aged up to 18.
The girls will have two minutes and thirty seconds to present their best routine, competing against the best teams from across the nation for the title of National Champion.
"In some areas we are competing against Al Asala-backed candidates, but we will now intensify our efforts to win all four seats."
A TEAM of four students from the North East have finished third in a challenge competing against 30,000 UK students.