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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 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 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: on, operate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This is while 20.2 percent or 2,354 family enterprises are operating in the sphere of accommodation and food services, 15.4 percent or 1,803 family enterprises are operating in the trade sphere, 12 percent or 1,401 enterprises - in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, 1.3 percent or 149 enterprises - in information and communication, 1.2 percent or 143 enterprises - in construction, 1.1 percent or 133 enterprises - in transportation and storage sphere.
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They bring together the anesthesiologists and operating room nurses and ask them to establish a process for selecting a vendor.
It is also imperative to select the best solid tires available with resistance to chunking, peeling or chipping for the most trouble-free and reduced operating costs possible.
"This helps pay for operating costs and has helped make these projects viable," he says.
Users set the snow discharge distance(3)(up to 21 meters)(4), and the engine maintains maximum power output based on the specified snow discharge distance, ensuring high operating efficiency.
"The good news about operating systems is that there's a choice," he said.
Another problem is that contamination is common in most systems, which shortens the life of components, creates off quality and downtime, and increases operating costs.
In its first annual Security Issues Survey for the debut of the Software Security Summit conference in La Jolla, California, BZ Research polled 6,344 software development managers about the security of different popular enterprise operating environments and Linux and open source consistently topped Microsoft Windows, according to respondents.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Marine Corps' hand-launched Dragon Eye system already in use in Iraq gives squad- or company-level leaders a snapshot of their operating area, then breaks down into pieces that fit in a backpack.
Domestic banking organizations and foreign banks operating in the United States are required to implement and operate effective anti-money laundering programs.
Some also include operating versus non-operating revenue and the current status of accounts receivable and accounts payable accruals.
The plant's LM6000 gas turbine, provided by GE, when operating at maximum output only meets approximately two-thirds of the university's peak power requirements.