Run Against

Also:
Run up against

Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Against’

1. Similar to run into (second definition). To encounter something, usually a difficulty. Often expressed as “run up against.”

2. To work against; to oppose.

3. To oppose as a candidate for elective office. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Examples Of Use

“We ran up against so many problems with the new point of sale system we had to go back to the old one.”

“Public opinion was running against the governor for his entire term in office.”

“For the first time, an effective opponent has decided to run against the senator.”

Origin

The first two definitions, above, have been in use since the late 1300s. The third, in regards to elective office, alludes to running a footrace, and has been used since the first half of the 1800s. 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1, 2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.