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run against

Meaning: to compete with someone in an election

For example:

  • run against sb John McCain ran against Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, and he lost.

  • run against sb There's no point running against the president of this country. The elections are not free and fair and the same man always wins.

Quick Quiz:

In next year's parliamentary election, the prime-minister will have to run against
  1. the voters
  2. other candidates
  3. the government

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