run up against
Meaning: to face something that could be a problem or a difficultySynonym: come up against, encounter (formal)
- run up against sth We've run up against some technical problems so there'll be a delay in production.
- run up against sth If they hadn't run up against opposition from corrupt government officials, they would have won the contract.
run up against: difficulty, opposition, obstacle, problem, barrier, competition, challenge
Our team would have won the title if we hadn't run up against so many