rule against (someone or something)

rule against (someone or something)

To issue a judgment that goes against someone's or something's case. The judge ruled against the father, stating that he had not shown adequate reason to have sole custody of the children.
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rule against someone or something

to give a judgment against someone or something. The judge ruled against the prosecutor. The judge ruled against my motion.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rule against

v.
To deliver a judgment that is not favorable to someone or something: The court ruled against the plaintiff, and no damages were awarded.
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