against [Brit əˈɡɛnst, əˈɡeɪnst, Am əˈɡɛnst]PRÉPAgainst is translated by contre when it means physically touching or in opposition to: against the wall = contre le mur; he's against independence = il est contre l'indépendance; the fight against inflation = la lutte contre l'inflation. If you have any doubts about how to translate a fixed phrase or expression beginning with against ( against the tide, against the clock, against the grain, against all odds etc.) you should consult the appropriate noun entry ( tide, , clock, grain, odds etc.). against often appears in English with certain verbs ( turn against, compete against, discriminate against, stand out against etc.). For translations you should consult the appropriate verb entry ( turn against, compete, discriminate, stand etc.). against often appears in English after certain nouns and adjectives ( protection against, a match against, a law against, effective against etc.). For translations consult the appropriate noun or adjective entry ( protection, match, law, effective etc.). For particular usages see below.