go against


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v go against resist "buck the trend"
    • v go against act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises "offend all laws of humanity","violate the basic laws or human civilization","break a law","break a promise"
    • v go against fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it is against the law for children under seven years of age to go to college.
    • Go against to invade: to be repugnant to
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  • Evelyn Waugh
    “An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.”
  • Hyman G. Rickover
    Hyman G. Rickover
    “If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There is an election going on all the time... the Lord votes for you and Satan votes against you, and you must cast the deciding vote.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.”
  • Martin Luther
    “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”


Go against the grain - A person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gán, contr. for gangan, to go; cf. Ger. gehen, Dut. gaan.


In literature:

Then the lamb is up against trouble; he keeps going round trying to get dinner everywhere.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
If I see that the game's going against us I shall follow.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
Can it be that the enemy heard some of these rumors and were unwilling at times to go against the Americans?
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
He was not the one to throw up the cards because the chances of the game were going against him.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
You need a man who has a real reason for going up against that outfit.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
There would be nothing in that to go against the grain with him, if only the fact were so.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Don't you see that you mustn't go against me, my boy?
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
It sounds tame in the telling, Noll, but you'll know all about it when you have to go up against it.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
I will go to my father and say, 'Father, I have sinned against God and against you.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Still he would not go against her wishes while he was yet under age.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas

In poetry:

Go where, along the tangled steep
That slopes against the west,
The hamlet's buried idlers sleep
In still profounder rest.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And struggle only with the mist and snow
Against the hatless wind,
Till scourged and shriven I again may go
To dwell among my kind.
"The Ridge 1919" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Of luxury and sloth beware —
Let not thy table be thy snare —
Lest Satan make thee go astray,
When full, and against God inveigh.
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard
Gayly a knight set forth against the foe,
For a fair face had shone on him in dreams;
A voice had stirred the silence of his sleep,
"Go win the battle, and I will be thine."
"Gloria The True" by Marietta Holley
Then I bound on my armour to face the rough world,
And I'm going to march with the rest,
Against tyrants to fight—for the sake of the right,
And, if baffled, to fall with the best.
"The Better Hope" by Ernest Jones
The night with gusts of snow
Blowing wild against the pane,
And the wind that crouches low,
Crying mournfully in vain,
And the dreams that come and go
Through my memory-haunted brain.
"Fire Pictures" by Alice Cary

In news:

As The Washington Post mused recently, we Oklahomans are a rebellious lot who like to go against the grain, and likely will fight snaggletoothed and nail against signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The eight men and four women are expected to go back to work Tuesday as they consider campaign finance charges against the former presidential candidate.
Going into tonight's regular season finale against Sallisaw, Fort Gibson coach James Singleton knows if his starting quarterback goes down, he has a very capable backup.
Threats against public officials should not go unpunished .
Why so many financial crimes against elderly go unpunished .
Pakistani families of some of the 3,000 security personnel killed in operations against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants since 9/11 say their sacrifices often go unrecognized .
Going up against Saving Abel at 9.
Novell`s WordPerfect Lawsuit Against Microsoft to Go Forward.
Despite being a heartwarming comedy released around the holiday season, it had several things going against it before the filmmakers had a chance to start shooting.
Assange is not going away, no matter what happens in the ongoing legal case against him.
SAN FRANCISCO—Health officials in San Francisco have advised some gay men to consider getting vaccinated against meningitis if they recently traveled or plan to go to New York City.
Charges go ahead against Mississauga councillor.
There were plenty of questions Wednesday afternoon about the Cowboys' possibly going to a 4-3 defensive alignment for the game against the New York Giants on Sunday.
"MamaPAC" attack mailers against 1st District House candidate Suzan DelBene helped inspire creation of a new, just-up website, one that is going to collect, display and analyze mud throwing in the 2012 election.
"You keep hoping against hope that it's going to recover, but it's going to be a long slog.".

In science:

This is not only observationally unfeasible, but would also go against Bondi’s criterion outlined in §1.
The Apparent Fractal Conjecture: Scaling Features in Standard Cosmologies
In Sec. I V we draw attention to the notion of the free energy of transition in going from one ensemble to another and its dependence on semiflexibility which can be tested against future single molecule experiments on torsionally constrained polymers and simulations.
Free Energy of Twisted Semiflexible Polymers
On the face of it, this result seems to go against what we might expect from a large-N expansion, which for pure SU (N ) gauge theories is an expansion in powers of 1/N 2 .
k-String tensions and the 1/N expansion
Its main strengths as compared against that result are that η is allowed to go all the way to zero.
Random matrices: Universal properties of eigenvectors
This effect comes from the fact that the cross-section (with respect to the BH) of photons going “against“ the frame dragging is larger than of photons following the BH sense of rotation.
Slim accretion disks around black holes