work against

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It has been a custom with princes, in order to hold their states more securely, to build fortresses that may serve as a bridle and bit to those who might design to work against them, and as a place of refuge from a first attack.
It was annoying to come upon that everlasting slovenliness in the farm work against which he had been striving with all his might for so many years.
I expect to work with both hands,--to work hard; to work against all sorts of difficulties and discouragements; and to work till I die.
Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram received her very kindly; and Sir Thomas, seeing how much she needed encouragement, tried to be all that was conciliating: but he had to work against a most untoward gravity of deportment; and Lady Bertram, without taking half so much trouble, or speaking one word where he spoke ten, by the mere aid of a good-humoured smile, became immediately the less awful character of the two.
Maggie was sitting with her work against the latter window when she saw Mr.
Well, the devil may work against us for all he's worth, but God sends us men when we want them.
They have worked against it in the past and I think they still work against it at this time.
What worked against Australia might not work against France, and we have to go out there and find a way which works against the French.
FORM AND HISTORY COUNT FOR NOTHING: England flanker Martin Corry admits that what worked against the Aussies might not work against France but the semi-final clash against the host nation in Paris is a huge motivator for the whole squad who are now in with a chance of successfully defending the World Cup - which has never been done before
Hake sure you don't close out your credit card accounts, since this could work against you when applying for a mortgage.
Second, it does work against collaboration," Packer says.
working in the Bronx, isn't just another collection of vignettes but tackles the overall struggle against violence, considering the experiences of those living with violence on the streets and those who work against it fellow attorneys, physicians, social workers and others.

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