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  1. (US, regional) against
    • 1917, Sinclair Lewis, The Innocents[1]:
      Those pink-satin evening slippers simply lose all their display value when you stick those red-kid bed-slippers right up ferninst them that way.
    • 1893, Edward Eggleston, Duffels[2]:
      "It's right ferninst where yer afther stan'in, up the stairs on the corner of Granefield Coort--over there, bedad."
    • 1874, Ambrose Bierce, Cobwebs From an Empty Skull[3]:
      But Fate, as he expressed it in the vernacular, was "ferninst him."