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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Against  \A*gainst"\  (?;  277),  prep.  [OE.  agens,  ageynes  AS 
  ongegn  The  s  is  adverbial,  orig.  a  genitive  ending.  See 
  1.  Abreast;  opposite  to  facing;  towards;  as  against  the 
  mouth  of  a  river;  --  in  this  sense  often  preceded  by  over 
  Jacob  saw  the  angels  of  God  come  against  him 
  2.  From  an  opposite  direction  so  as  to  strike  or  come  in 
  contact  with  in  contact  with  upon  as  hail  beats 
  against  the  roof. 
  3.  In  opposition  to  whether  the  opposition  is  of  sentiment 
  or  of  action  on  the  other  side  counter  to  in 
  contrariety  to  hence  adverse  to  as  against  reason; 
  against  law;  to  run  a  race  against  time. 
  The  gate  would  have  been  shut  against  her 
  An  argument  against  the  use  of  steam.  --Tyndale. 
  4.  By  of  before  the  time  that  in  preparation  for  so  as  to 
  be  ready  for  the  time  when  [Archaic  or  Dial.] 
  Urijah  the  priest  made  it  against  King  Ahaz  came 
  from  Damascus.  --2  Kings  xvi. 
  {Against  the  sun},  in  a  direction  contrary  to  that  in  which 
  the  sun  appears  to  move