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see (something) against (something else)

1. To look at something in front of and in contrast to something else. You should see this painting against a plain white wall. That way, all of its colors and details really pop out. I heard a man talking to me, but all I only saw a silhouette against the moonlit sky.
2. To perceive, understand, or consider something as it exists alongside the context of something else. Most people fail to see this legislation against the years of injustice our community has been forced to endure. It's easier in hindsight to see the problem against the various sociopolitical issues of the time.
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see something against something

 
1. Lit. to view something against something else. I can't see the cars against the evening sky if their lights aren't on. The cars can't be seen against the evening sky.
2. Fig. to view or consider something within the context of something else. If you can see this issue against the background of a long series of problems, perhaps you will understand how concerned we are. You really need to see this matter against the background of what has happened before.
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References in classic literature ?
As I came up the ladder I saw against the flushed sky--for the sun was just rising--the broad back and red hair of the captain, and over his shoulder the puma spinning from a tackle rigged on to the mizzen spanker-boom.
Later I saw against the light of Woking station a number of black figures hurrying one after the other across the line.
Through the doorway she saw against the declining light a figure with the height of a woman and the breadth of a child, a tall, thin, girlish creature whom she did not recognize in the twilight till the girl said "Tess!"
A sea of fire lay before them in the darkness of the night, licking up the cabins and the bivouacs; cries of despair, howls, and imprecations reached their ears; they saw against the flames thousands of human beings with agonized or furious faces.
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"I want to see my guys producing the same levels of determination and brutality that we saw against Ulster."
Folayang said the Tynanes he saw against Banario was the same one he fought, with not much changing in terms if physical abilities, but it's the American's psychology that has vastly improved in the years since they matched up.
But what we have seen, and saw against Bournemouth, was his willingness to do the work off the ball.
He's a little terrier, his knowledge of the game and his footballing brain are exceptional but what we have seen, and saw against Bournemouth, was his willingness to do the work off the ball.
When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they're as good and as confident as anything."
"He did very well in Germany and everyone saw against Arsenal last week that he has started very well at Southampton."
Plenty of supporters were delighted with what they saw against the Saints, and you can view the best comments in our video above.
Having said that, there was much more spirit and determination on show this week than we saw against Edinburgh City and things look to be moving in the right direction.
Or should they play the kind of rugby that we saw against Scotland at the start, a style that saw players looking for space rather than contact and relying more on traditional Welsh qualities of pace, guile and creativity?
has, like against "But he has, like we saw against Preston (before his injury)."