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work against the clockTo work very quickly because you know you only have a very limited period of time to do something.
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up against itIn a very difficult position.
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pit againstTo set someone in opposition to someone else.
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take againstTo stop liking someone. Become unfriendly.
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turn againstTo rebel or oppose something formerly supported.
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take againstHe took against me when I was promoted over him.
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tell againstTo function as a liability (for someone); to put into a condition of disadvantage.
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tell againstTo serve as evidence which casts doubt upon.
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turn againstTo rotate against or in opposition to something.
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up againstFacing; challenging, or opposing.
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up againstIn contact with, abutting.
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weigh againstTo be disadvantageous to someone.
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rub up againstTo touch something with one's body.
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cry out againstTo complain strongly, usually as a group.
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go up againstTo challenge someone.
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stand up againstTo defy or challenge someone.
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against the grainContrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
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be up againstTo be challenged by someone or something stronger than oneself.
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run up againstBegin to encounter problems with someone or something.
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against all oddsDespite seemingly insurmountable opposition or probability.
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against the clockIn a time-restricted manner, to meet a deadline, hurriedly, timed.
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against the collarIn a tight spot.
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against the grainTo sand or plane a piece of wood parallel or nearly parallel to the fibers such that splinters forming ahead of the tool originate below the cutting surface.
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against the grainUnwillingly, reluctantly. It went much against the grain with him, i.e. it was much against his inclination, or against his pluck.
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against the lawIllegal, forbidden by law.
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against the lawUsed other than as an idiom: see against, the, law.
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dead set againstCompletely opposed, with no possibility of a change of mind.
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race against timeA situation in which something must be done hurriedly, by a deadline.
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rub up againstTo touch another person with one's body in a sexually stimulating manner.
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rub up againstOf pets. To touch a person's body in a friendly manner, seeking attention.
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against the run of playContrary to the flow of the game.
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go against the grainTo defy convention; to do something in a manner that is unusual or out of the ordinary.
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kick against the pricksTo kick back (of an animal etc.) against being goaded
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kick against the pricksto struggle against one's fate. [from 14th c.]
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play one against anotherTo manipulate two persons into competing against one another in a way that benefits the person carrying out the manipulation.
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a house divided against itself cannot standA group or organisation weakened by internal dissent will not remain united.
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beat one's head against a stone wallTo waste effort on a futile project.
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play both sides against the middleTo manipulate opponents or competitors in a manner which benefits the manipulator.
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at workAt one's workplace.
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at workWorking, in the process of doing work.
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busy workWork or activity performed with the intention or result of occupying time, and not necessarily to accomplish something productive; routine work of low priority undertaken for the sake of avoiding idleness.
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dirty workOne or more unpleasant tasks, assignments, or employment duties, especially those of a disreputable or illicit nature.
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donkey workHard, boring, routine work.
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grunt workThat is considered undesirable and therefore delegated to underlings.
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right to workUsed other than as an idiom: see right, work.
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right to workThe human right (the right of an individual) to have gainful employment.
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right to workThe prohibition of union security agreements or closed shops; the prohibition of the requirement that those who take on work in a unionised shop join the union or pay it for representing them.
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work atTo make a physical or mental effort to progress some specified task.
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work nightsTo work, nights, as a prostitute.
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work nightsUsed other than as an idiom: see work, nights.
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