go up against

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go up against (third-person singular simple present goes up against, present participle going up against, simple past went up against, past participle gone up against)

  1. To challenge someone.
    • May 27, 2007, Jamie Doward, The Observer.Jail head rejects shared cells plan.
      The Director-General of the Prison Service is ready to go up against ministers by resisting any government plan to force more prisoners to share cells.