run up against something

run up against something
run up against (someone/something) to experience difficulty with someone or something.

Sometimes you run up against a colleague who just doesn't want you to succeed.

I ran up against some regulations that were incredibly stupid.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • run up against something — ˌrun ˈup against sth derived to experience a difficulty • The government is running up against considerable opposition to its tax reforms. Main entry: ↑runderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • run up against someone — run up against (someone/something) to experience difficulty with someone or something. Sometimes you run up against a colleague who just doesn t want you to succeed. I ran up against some regulations that were incredibly stupid …   New idioms dictionary

  • run up against — (someone/something) to experience difficulty with someone or something. Sometimes you run up against a colleague who just doesn t want you to succeed. I ran up against some regulations that were incredibly stupid …   New idioms dictionary

  • run up against — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms run up against : present tense I/you/we/they run up against he/she/it runs up against present participle running up against past tense ran up against past participle run up against run up against… …   English dictionary

  • run up against — verb Begin to encounter problems with someone or something. The latest model has run up against the limits of its technical capacity …   Wiktionary

  • run — run1 W1S1 [rʌn] v past tense ran [ræn] past participle run present participle running ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move quickly using your legs)¦ 2¦(race)¦ 3¦(organize/be in charge of )¦ 4¦(do something/go somewhere quickly)¦ 5¦(buses/trains etc)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run up — verb 1. pile up (debts or scores) (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑roll up, ↑collect, ↑accumulate, ↑pile up, ↑amass, ↑compile, ↑hoard • …   Useful english dictionary

  • run — [run] vi. ran or Dial. run, run, running [altered (with vowel prob. infl. by pp.) < ME rinnen, rennen < ON & OE: ON rinna, to flow, run, renna, to cause to run (< Gmc * rannjan); OE rinnan, iornan: both < Gmc * renwo < IE base * er …   English World dictionary

  • run — ► VERB (running; past ran; past part. run) 1) move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all feet on the ground at the same time. 2) move about in a hurried and hectic way. 3) pass or cause to pass: Helen ran her fingers through her …   English terms dictionary

  • run — run1 [ rʌn ] (past tense ran [ ræn ] ; past participle run) verb *** ▸ 1 move quickly with legs ▸ 2 control/organize ▸ 3 machine: work ▸ 4 liquid: flow ▸ 5 try to be elected ▸ 6 vehicle: travel ▸ 7 be shown/performed ▸ 8 reach amount/rate ▸ 9… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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