contend with (someone or something)

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contend with (someone or something)

1. To compete against someone. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend with other swimmers his age. If you push him to enter this race, he'll just end up disappointed.
2. To struggle against or work to solve a problem or issue. I'm not ready to contend with that problem just yet—I need coffee first. How can we contend with these huge financial losses and still stay in business?
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contend with someone (for something)

 and contend (with someone) for something
to fight someone for something; to compete with someone to win something. I don't want to have to contend with Sally for the award. I don't want to have to contend for the job with Ed.
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contend with a problem

to put up with a difficulty; to struggle with the problems caused by someone or something. I cannot contend with your temper anymore. I wish we did not have to contend with this changeable weather.
See also: contend, problem
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References in classic literature ?
She had, moreover, to contend with one disagreeable emotion entirely new to her--jealousy.
"He might have himself come to this prison, have taken me by the hand, and have said, 'My brother, Heaven created us to love, not to contend with one another.
The street will be closed while the work is completed while drivers will have to contend with one lane being closed on Glasgow Road for traffic entering Wishaw town centre.
They are therefore just one of the many hazards departing migrants must contend with one way or another as they head south on the first legs of their journey to Africa, albeit that Ali was a particularly violent storm wreaking much damage.
Twenty-four years and three children later, she decided it was time to pick up where she left off and contend with one of her biggest fears: math.
Camille Lopez 7 v 8 Dan Biggar: Madcap France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has been searching for a No.10 and Lopez is making a decent fist of it but has to contend with one of the most determined and committed outside-halves in the business.
Instead Martinez went with Ross Barkley in the holding role alongside Gareth Barry and then had to contend with one of his sitting midfielders rarely, well, sitting.
Duterte said the mayors of Manila and Cebu are luckier compared to him because they only have to contend with one front - criminality.
But the new Indian government will have to contend with one problem that has perennially plagued bilateral talks -- Sharif, or for that matter any civilian leader, has little scope to set the agenda for talks as the powerful army continues to have final say in all matters related to India and the US.
Survival The Frenchman has had to contend with one of the worst injury crises at the club for years while midfielder Stephen Ireland has never settled in the Midlands and star man Ashley Young has put his contract talks on hold.
Despite being one of the only independent pharmacies in town, Moody's has had to contend with one of the industry's largest players: Walmart.
As those voices contend with one another, the poem feels as though it might burst.
South Wales Police were forced to draft in 250 officers from Gloucestershire, West Mercia, Somerset and Avon forces, alongside 250 of their own to help contend with one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Those who predict capitalism's demise have to contend with one important historical fact: capitalism has an almost unlimited capacity to reinvent itself.
IFhe's not the worst goalkeeper in the SPL he's certainly the most erratic, so I'm still trying to work out why Yves Ma-Kalambay only had to contend with one shot on target against Motherwell on Wednesday night.