work against


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work against someone or something

 
1. [for someone] to struggle against someone or something. She worked hard against the passage of the law. Dave worked against Betty.
2. . [for something] to militate against someone or something. This sort of works against your plan, does it not? Everything you said works against your client.
See also: work

work against

v.
1. To move or act contrary to something or someone: The new ideas work against the way we do things now.
2. To move or act in opposition or resistance to someone or something: Your meticulous attention to detail sometimes works against you.
3. To be successful at countering something or someone: The soccer team must find a strategy that works against the opponent's defense.
See also: work
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It would be better to construct rather than work against.
The Mayhem Charity Concert will benefit the Jeremy Rourke Foundation, a national foundation created by Jeremy's parents to work against violence in youth sports.
Also, inflatable owls, fake snakes, and similar devices rarely work against persistent woodpeckers.
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McGinness uses titles as tongue-in-cheek disclaimers to defend his work against accusations of aestheticism or sentimentality, but he is an aesthete and a sentimentalist, as witness the beautiful Alia Iacta Est, which suggests a rich fantasy life and a romantic sensibility.
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The author props her second work against African American literary heavyweights like The Color Purple and Sula, but it is in fact able to stand on its own--the comparison therefore perhaps slightly dulling the appetite rather than whetting it.
Distillers, who may be uncomfortable with seeing their products consumed in a manner reminiscent of marijuana and opium, are among the most vocal opponents of AWOL, which could work against their efforts to project a responsible image and to market brands based on taste.
We should play how we've played all campaign: 4-5-1 has worked against Chelsea and Juventus so why shouldn't it work against AC Milan?
A manifesto to work against cruelty, disease, and illiteracy, India Untouched is a cutting-edge political and social analysis of far-reaching problems in dire need of solutions.
Although the new process seems to require more communication between the examination team and a taxpayer/ representative, the rigidity of the time frames and the lack of flexibility actually will, in many cases, work against achieving the stated goal of decreasing cycle time.
Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson said that if Clause 54 of the Public Audit Bill was not scrapped it would work against the public interest.
ITEM: When the Pentagon announced it would deploy missile defenses, ABC'S John McWethy complained on December 17th that, "the administration plans to spend $17 billion to rush into the field a system that may not work against a threat that critics say is remote.
A number of factors work against the profitability of music studios and distributors in the region, with pirating probably being the thorniest.
According to coinventor Gary Puterka, the products have the potential to work against almost any insect under the proper conditions.
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