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 (ə-gĭn′) Chiefly Upper Southern US
1. Against.
2. Opposed to: I'm agin him.
3. Next to; beside; near.
4. By or before (a specified time): "I'll be there agin daylight" (North Carolina informant in DARE).
By the time that.

[Regional variant of against.]
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an informal, facetious, or dialect word for against
[C19: from obsolete again against]
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prep. Dial.
against; opposed to.
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[əˈgɪn] PREP (Scot) (also hum) = against to be or take agin sthoponerse a algo
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[əˈgɪn] prep (esp Scot) to be agin sthessere contro qc
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References in classic literature ?
What do you mean by flopping yourself down and praying agin me?"
your mother's a nice woman, young Jerry, going a praying agin your father's prosperity.
'The T'other Governor he's always joked his jokes agin me, owing, as I believe, to my being a honest man as gets my living by the sweat of my brow.
As I says in the letter in my daughter's hand, with my mark put to it to make it good in law, Who but you, Lawyer Lightwood, ought to hand over this here stifficate, and who but you ought to go in for damages on my account agin the Steamer?
Sometimes he spec he'll go 'way, en den agin he spec he'll stay.
Been fightin' agin, by Gawd!" She threw herself upon Jimmie.
That would sorter divert their own minds; and even if it didn't, it would kinder get 'em accustomed agin to the old style and their own kind.
"Take care, Sam; I shall begin to think what's the reason for your spite agin Lucy."
"Well, Mas'r knows she sot herself up agin Mas'r, and wouldn't have me, when he telled her to."
'Wery sorry to 'casion any personal inconwenience, ma'am, as the housebreaker said to the old lady when he put her on the fire; but as me and my governor 's only jest come to town, and is jest going away agin, it can't be helped, you see.'
'You won't do it agin,' said the boy, nodding his head and drawing back, with the elbows ready in case of the worst; 'now--'
‘twill be an evil day to ye both, when ye first turn the skin of so paceable an animal as a sheep into a bone of contention, The lad is wilcome to his drink for nothing, until his shoulther will bear the rifle agin.”