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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 from (some place)

To be established in a particular place from which one works or operates. I've been operating from the guest room in our house ever since I started writing as a freelancer. We operated from a tiny office on the lower East Side until we got enough money together to rent a better space.
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operate out of (some place)

To be established in a particular place from which one works or operates. I've been operating out of the guest room in our house ever since I started writing as a freelancer. We operated out of a tiny office on the lower East Side until we got enough money together to rent a better space.
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operate on

1. To perform surgery on someone or an animal. The doctors are operating on me tomorrow morning, so I'm not allowed to eat or drink anything before then. They had to operate on my dog because something had become lodged in his intestines.
2. To work on or tinker with something. Tom's in the living room operating on the television, but I'm not holding my breath that he can fix it. Before you go operating on the washing machine, why don't you troubleshoot what's wrong with it.
3. To have some established stance, position, or viewpoint from which someone or something functions. If you operate on the assumption that people are trying to take advantage of you, then you'll never make any meaningful connections with anyone. We've always operated on the belief that superior customer service will allow us to compete with the bigger corporations we've been competing with.
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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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operate from something

to work out of something or some place. I'm in business for myself. I operate from my home. We operate from a garage in the back of City Hall.
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operate on someone

to perform a surgical operation on someone. They decided not to operate on her. She wasn't operated on after all.
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operate on something

 
1. to work on something; to work with the insides of something. (As a surgeon might operate.) He tried to operate on his watch and ruined it. Todd operated on the door lock and fixed it.
2. to function or conduct business on a certain principle or assumption. The company has always operated on the theory that the customer is always right. Sam operates on the assumption that everyone is out to get him.
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Malev itself operates to established, oneworld hubs Helsinki, Heathrow, Madrid, New York, Dublin and Cork.
BancWest operates the 39th largest depository institution in the San Diego banking market, controlling $55 million in deposits, which represents less than 1 percent of market deposits.
FROM TROON: Sea Containers operates between Troon and Belfast.
The speed and granularity with which the pattern discovery algorithm searches for new patterns is critical to the high data reduction rates provided by MSR and the high network speeds at which this technology can operate. The MSR pattern discovery algorithm is able to search the data stream destined for the WAN link in real-time and with very low latency.
This instrument has been designed to operate in any laboratory for the analysis of iron, steel, copper, aluminum, titanium, nickel, cobalt, zinc and other alloys.
The drive can operate above the installed power rating with the same limitation as any fixed speed electric motor with equivalent service factor.
subsidiary decides to operate the new business as a newly organized domestic (U.S.) corporation, the new corporation will be required to make a buy-in payment to the ultimate foreign parent corporation and the immediate U.S.
Worse still are commuters that operate mixed fleets, not allowing the maintenance crews to specialize their skills to the degree necessary.
Today, the company also hauls cargo to and from the Far East and operates charter flights.
While most ferrous scrap facilities conduct the majority of their business outside, Green Metals operates in a totally enclosed facility.
Most likely, you would find that the faucet stays fixed and your home operates more efficiently.
(3) BB&T operates subsidiary depository institutions in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida.
It also operates aviation facilities in Wilmington, Delaware; Louisville, Kentucky; Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Vermont.
Neenah operates two cupola melt foundries, Plant 2, a 600-ton/day gray iron municipal/industrial casting shop, and Plant 3, a 500-ton/day ductile iron industrial casting shop.
The Engineered Cellular and Rubber Products Division of Thomson-Gordon Limited, a member of the Thomson-Gordon Group, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, now operates under the quality system requirements of QS-9000.