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come up against

Meaning: to face a difficult situation or a difficult opponent

Synonym: be confronted with, face

For example:

  • come up against sth/sb In their campaign to stop the forest being logged, the locals came up against some powerful mafia-like businessmen.

  • come up against sth/sb Anyone who competes in this tournament will come up against some very tough opponents.

Quick Quiz:

After Harvey had come out in public as a gay man, he came up against a lot of
  1. prejudice
  2. support
  3. acceptance

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