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English definition of “be up against it”

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be up against it

informal
to be having or likely to have serious problems or difficulties: With seven members of the team missing, Hull are going to be up against it. Many families are up against it, unable to afford even basic items.
Translations of “be up against it”
in Chinese (Traditional) 陷入(或面臨)困境…
in Chinese (Simplified) 陷入(或面临)困境…
(Definition of be up against it from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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