run up against

This page is about the phrasal verb run up against.

Meaning: to face something that could be a problem or a difficulty

Synonym: come up against, encounter (formal)

For example:

  • 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.

Nouns often used as objects with run up against: difficulty, opposition, obstacle, problem, barrier, competition, challenge

Quick Quiz:

Our team would have won the title if we hadn't run up against so many

a. bad teams

b. injury problems

c. excellent referees

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