Despite serious misgivings or objections, as in Against my better judgment, I told her to come whenever she pleased.
- Against one’s will
Without one’s consent, forcibly, as in The defendant knew he could not be made to testify against his will. Originally one meaning of will was “acquiescence” or “consent,” but this sense survives only in this idiom, which today nearly always implies some use of force. [ c. 1400 ]
(often initial capital letter) the star that is the central body of the solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat: its mean distance from the earth is about 93 million miles (150 million km), its diameter about 864,000 miles (1.4 million km), and its mass about 330,000 […]
- Against the clock
Also,against time. In a great hurry, as fast as possible, as in With her term paper due on Monday, she was racing against the clock to finish it, or They were working against time to stay on schedule. The term comes from various sports in which the contestants do not directly compete against each other […]
- Against the grain
a small, hard seed, especially the seed of a food plant such as wheat, corn, rye, oats, rice, or millet. the gathered seed of food plants, especially of cereal plants. such plants collectively. any small, hard particle, as of sand, gold, pepper, or gunpowder. the smallest unit of weight in most systems, originally determined by […]