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up someone's alley

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down someone's alley

adverb phrase

Of the sort one prefers or is best at; tailor-made: That job's right down his alley (entry form 1941+, variant 1931+)

up against it

adjective phrase

In a difficult situation; in serious trouble: When they saw the gap they knew they were really up against it (1896+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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