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Preposition question

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:51 am
by TutorT
Hi All, I'm a little confused.... In the following sentences - I am up against the odds. AND - I am up against the wall, etc, is the word "up" part of a prepositional phrase - up against? Or is "against" the only preposition in the sentence?
thanks heaps :D

Re: Preposition question

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:54 pm
by Syl
up against : close to or in contact with: crowds pressed up against the police barricades.

(informal) confronted with: I began to think of what teachers are up against today.

up against are both prepositions:)