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.
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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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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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"They can't go against something which is popular in Europe and America.
It's not as if you can take credits from week one and stack them up to go against something terrible in week two.
Not saying anything might go against something you believe in.
Clr Terry Lyons believes Kirklees officers secured the best deal they could, adding they were on "dangerous ground" in turning down the affordable housing reduction: "Are we saying we know better than the professionals?" But Clr Turner responded: "We are the public face of Kirklees, if we can't go against something like this then what is the point of a planning committee, we're wasting our time." Mark Johnson, for the developers, said the civil engineering costs for the site were higher than anticipated adding: "We do appreciate this is a sensitive area.
Will they go against something the entire Arab League and everyone else here is ready to support?"
"But it's something we have seen - we go against something similar in practice in LaMichael James.