operate against

operate against (someone or something)

To work to the detriment or disadvantage of someone or something; to produce a negative impact or effect on someone or something. Contrary to the way it was billed, the new tax law operates against most middle- and lower-class workers. All of the boss's decisions have been operating against our project lately.
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operate against someone or something

to work against someone or something; to have a negative effect on someone or something. All of this operates against our idea affixing the garage up as a family room. The new vacation policy operates against my plan to take all of July off.
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Suppose an invasion; would those three governments (if they agreed at all) be able, with all their respective forces, to operate against the enemy so effectually as the single government of Great Britain would?
The guaranty could only operate against changes to be effected by violence.
Browning, accordingly, takes almost no interest in the specific social and political questions of his day, a fact which certainly will not operate against the permanence of his fame.
He said the former rebels will form part of the team composed of government forces that will operate against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway faction of the MILF.
Rider replacement will operate against the Stars who hand debuts to Great Britain international Craig Cook and Simon Lambert at reserve.
He said some of the cops would be assigned to 'secure all [Commission on Elections] hubs and offices' and to operate against 'motorcycle-riding criminals, wanted persons and gun-for-hire personalities to preempt election-related violence.'
The ministry said under paragraph 4 of the Import Policy Order (IPO) 2016 '...an amending order/SRO will not operate against the imports where bill of lading or letter of credit is issued before the issuance of such an order/SRO.'
Security forces have been given wide latitude to operate against threat groups, with martial law in Mindanao extended for yet another year, until the end of 2019.
I operate against Executive In a statement, Sky News said: "The suggestion by Jonathan Bell that David Blevins advised the DUP on anything is completely and utterly untrue."
The law was initiated by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (Jewish Home), and states that extreme leftist organizations that operate against Israeli soldiers and against the goals of state education will not be able to enter school grounds and meet with students.
The Azerbaijani state, society and diaspora organizations representing Azerbaijan heroically operate against this power."
Profit growth rate was affected during the first nine months of this year by the increase in operating expenses as a result of the expansion of the new branches in addition to increasing the financial and regulatory hedging provisions and the decrease in value of currencies of countries where some of the units operate against the US dollar as previously mentioned.
It is a transparent strategy, spreading hatred and separations while calling upon unity under the umbrella of VMRO-DPMNE against the global conspiracy of the great forces and one group of domestic traitors and enemies who operate against the brave leader and great patriot.
They are in their villages in Northern Golan, they back Assad and they don't like Zionists," Heller told the Israeli channel, noting that Samir al-Qintar "was touring these villages" to offer support and "recruit" their residents to operate against Israel.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Wednesday summoned US Ambassador Richard Olson to the Foreign Office to convey concerns over a recent Pentagon report alleging that terrorists operate against India and Afghanistan from 'sanctuaries' inside Pakistan.