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 but instead are timed individually, the winner being the one who is fastest. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
- 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 […]
- Against the tide
see: swim against the tide
- Against the wall
against the wall Related Terms up against the wall
(among Arabs) a cord wound around a kaffiyeh to hold it in place. Historical Examples Sarcoph′agal, flesh-devouring; Sarcoph′agous, feeding on flesh. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various