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    work against

    I´m not sure whether to use expressions like to work against, to put/be at a disadvantage, to prejudice, to harm, or maybe other more suitable ones.
    a) The teacher´s decision to postpone the test............. me.
    b) I dumped her two weeks ago, and now she´s trying to ............... me by revealing secrets...


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    Re: work against

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I´m not sure whether to use expressions like to work against, to put/be at a disadvantage, to prejudice, to harm, or maybe other more suitable ones.
    a) The teacher´s decision to postpone the test............. me.
    b) I dumped her two weeks ago, and now she´s trying to ............... me by revealing secrets...
    a) The teacher's decision to postpone the test harmed me/put me at a disadvantage/set me back/put me in a prejudicial position/... .

    There are others of course that are coarser;

    [really] screwed me [over]/fucked my plans/me up/ wrecked my plans/ ...


    b) I dumped her two weeks ago, and now she´s trying to ............... me by revealing secrets.

    screw me over/hurt me/get back at me/harm me/ ...

    Of course, each have their own nuances, are used for certain conditions.

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