up against it
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- (idiomatic) In a very difficult position.
2015 June 9, “Women’s World Cup 2015: England beaten by France in Group F opener”, in The Guardian (London):
- Yet as intelligently as Rafferty, back at left-back following her recovery from a third ruptured cruciate ligament, was defending against the dangerous Élodie Thomis her side were up against it.