stand against (someone or something)

stand against (someone or something)

1. Literally, to lean against someone or something while standing. Please don't stand against that, it could topple over! We stood against one another back to back while we waited in line.
2. To oppose or defy someone or something. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets to stand against the government's decision. Anyone in this country who stands against the viceroy risks their very life.
3. To compete against someone or something, especially for a political election. The popular district attorney announced his intention to stand against the incumbent mayor in the election this fall.
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stand against

v.
1. To stand next to or rest against something: He stood against the frame of the door.
2. To oppose something: Many of the students stood against the war.
3. To compete with someone in a race for elected office: She announced her intention to stand against the incumbent in the next election.
See also: stand
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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