up against phr.
1. [late 19C+] (orig. US) facing problems, in difficulties; esp. in phr. up against it.
2. [late 19C+] (US prison) addicted to drugs.
3. [1900s] the responsibility of.
1. (US drugs) to smoke opium as an addict (rather than an occasional user).
2. (US Und.) to attempt a robbery.
[1930s+] (Aus.) denoting a setback, a problem; usu. in phr. that’s one up against your duckhouse.
see behind the eight ball phr.
[1970s+] (drugs) addicted to smoking marijuana.
1. [1910s+] (also ...the bit, …the bricks, ...the gun, ...the push, ...the ropes, ...the wire) facing serious problems.
2. [1960s+] (US campus) foolish, stupid [reinforced by 1960s’ radical slogan, Up against the wall, motherfucker!].