hard to compete with

kingston_123

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Peggy says to her friend Maggie:

Peggy: I think you're like: "I'm charming and mysterious in a way that even I don't understand......and something about me is crying out for protection from a big man like you." It's very hard to compete with. Especially as married women who've lost our mystery.
Maggie: Lost-- You haven't--You are totally mysterious.

What is the word omitted after "with"?
Source: Runaway Bride (1999)
 

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I am asking about missing word not what does "It" refer to. Please see my question clearly.
 

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There is no word omitted after "with".
 

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The speaker could have said Competing with it is hard. She chose to express her thought in the opposite order. Either way is natural.
 
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