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up against it

Meaning: facing a personal or financial crisis

For example:

  • Kevin is really up against it now that he's lost his job. He can't afford his house or car payments, and he's maxed out his credit cards.

  • The company is up against it now. Their sales have been falling, their costs have been rising, and now their workers are going on strike for higher pay.

Quick Quiz:

Kyle has been up against it ever since
  1. his business went bankrupt
  2. he ate too much curry
  3. his company's sales more than doubled

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