up against it

This page is about the slang term 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

a. his business went bankrupt

b. he ate too much curry

c. his company's sales more than doubled

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Contributor: Matt Errey