go against


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go against (someone or something)

1. To oppose, disagree with, or resist someone or something. Martin wants to come with us on Saturday, but he's too afraid to go against his parents. Protesters have made it clear that they will continue going against the governor's orders.
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.
3. To violate, defy, or infringe upon something. I can't take money from a charity like that, it goes against all of my core principles. The transportation of military vehicles and personnel goes against the treaty signed by the country last year.
4. To contend or compete against someone or something. You'll be going against a state champion in the next match, so you'll have to give it everything you've got! I have faith in our company, but we'll be going against some of the biggest brands in the world once we enter the market.
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go against

Oppose, be in conflict with, as in Does this legislation go against their best interest? [c. 1600] Also see against the grain.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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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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