go against


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go against (someone or something)

1. To oppose, disagree with, or compete against someone or something. I can't take money from a charity like that, it goes against all of my core principles. You'll be going against a state champion in the next match, so you'll have to give it everything you've got!
2. To be or signal a disadvantage or undesired outcome for someone or something. The senator's uncouth comments are certain to go against him in his re-election campaign. Though we thought we had an airtight legal argument, but the court case ultimately went against us.

go against

Oppose, be in conflict with, as in Does this legislation go against their best interest? [c. 1600] Also see against the grain.

go against

v.
1. To oppose or be in conflict with something, especially a directive or a set of beliefs: Telling such lies goes against my religious beliefs. They went against their lawyers' recommendations, and now they're in jail.
2. To decide someone or something is wrong or guilty, especially in a court of law: This case finally went against the defendants, and they had to pay a fine.
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Meanwhile, in July of 1999 Detroit manager Larry Parrish also stated he believes a manager will, or should, go against the book quite often.
If it's one or two go against you it's one thing, but when it's six or seven you start to think.
He added: "These plans go against the Government's objectives to support rural regeneration, reduce rural isolation, protect village services and reduce the need to travel.
Houlton will draw the spot start and Penny will go against Arizona either Monday or Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law.
All members of the League are to be members in good standing; however, how can they be if they go against the teachings of the Pope and the Church?
Combining this with a bullish options crowd, and a definite lack of support on the short-selling front, I am inclined to go against our Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating of 6.
The perception is that those decisions go against us for some reason - and it's not good for us.
If you go against your daughter you could end up losing contact with her and your grandchildren altogether.
Ain't that much love in the world to go against a person's will.
Moyes accepts all clubs have their complaints against match officials but it is the number of high-profile and now unusual decisions to go against the Blues that has brought his dismay to the surface.
The fact is that anyone who has chosen to go against the normal expectations of our world to risk a career, or--worse still--close relationships in response to some deeply felt impulse of passion or compassion, certainly risks pain, estrangement, blame.
To go against the bulwark of family life is to ask Catholic adoption agencies to go against the teaching of its church.
Then it's time to get into the action as players go against a computer opponent, or race on the Internet via the Moto1.
Hopefully, he'll get to the Arcadia meet and get to go against people of his caliber.