find against

find against (someone or something)

To declare that someone or something is guilty, as in a courtroom. I'm glad to hear that the jury found against the defendants—there was more than enough evidence to prove their guilt.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

find against someone or something

[for a jury or a judge] to announce a decision against one side of a lawsuit. The jury found against the defendant, who was a horrible witness. The court found against the corporation and levied a fine.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

find against

To decide that someone or something is guilty, as in a court of law: The jury found against the defendants.
See also: find
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"To exonerate Mrs Blythe would be to find against Mr Williams, who was the man who commissioned the investigation - the hand that was feeding you," he said.
In particular, the central Americans want Geneva to find against the bond system imposed on cigarette imports by the Dominicans and also what Honduras views as discriminatory treatment for importers regarding the payment of a 'selective consumption tax'.
"Our brief urges the court to find against him," says Julie Underwood, general counsel for NSBA, "because we think there are lots of other ways he could have gone about seeking a review of the school district's decision."
I'm sure that, for example, if a drug dealer offered the defence: ``Your Honour, I have been dealing drugs for 14 years and have never been prosecuted in the past'' then the court would find against the drug dealer!
Regardless of the actual legal issues presented by the case, a jury is more likely to find against an insurance company if the company has acted in a way that angers the jury.
To this end, he collects all the damaging evidence he can find against Lincoln and the North.
If FIFA find against them, Stubbs and Celtic could face a pounds 30,000 fine.
Brussels challenged this and ECJ advocate general Leendert Geelhoed has now advised judges to find against Britain, saying non-essential military reactors (such as that in Greenwich) are covered by these Euratom rules, and the UK "is in breach of its obligations" by both restricting information and refusing to negotiate with the Commission.
Mrs Justice Rafferty told her: "We have had to find against you, but we have urged the other side to drop your fine anyway."