What is an image of "up against"? In which situation can I use this expression?
Great question! In this case, "up against" means to be close to or in contact (touching) with something or someone. So, the speaker says "my snow up against the burning sand," which means "my snow (skin/body) touching the burning sand." Ex: Do not press up against (touch/come into contact with) the police barrier Ex: Don't press up against me. (Don't touch me/come close to me.) "Up against" also has another meaning. It is used informally to express being confronted, opposed by, or in competition with someone or something. Ex: Our home team is up against last year's champions. (Our home team is competing with last year's champions.) Ex: Don't worry. They don't know who they're up against. (They don't know who they're confronting.)
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