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swim upstream

To go against or disagree with a prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave contrary to the majority of others. When I was in college, I really swam upstream with some radical opinions, but as I've grown older, I've found myself falling more in line with others. I don't understand why you always have to swim upstream instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
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Thus, Father Bryan Massingale reminds us that "concern for the poor entails swimming upstream against powerful currents.
There is also an olive-shape element on the side skirt, "creating the effect of salmon swimming upstream," he notes.
Eugene is swimming upstream against powerful market forces in planning to accommodate an additional 34,000 residents in the next 20 years with only modest expansions of land available for residential development.
The fish moved into the rivers swimming upstream with all their might and we anglers moved on to the riverbank.
We found that if you create the right flow velocities, you can observe them swimming upstream for several minutes," Jorn Dunkel, an assistant professor of mathematics at MIT, and a member of the research team, said.
Research and implement the right mobile device management solution that adequately supports the bring-your-own-device policy, so you are not swimming upstream.
Both Charlie and I feel like we have been swimming upstream.
Among the options: deterrents that employ bubbles, sound, and light in an attempt to keep carp from swimming upstream.
And viewers would have been just as likely to assume that you really could have the king of fish swimming upstream from the River Cole in Birmingham.
Sometimes, the effort required can leave you feeling like a salmon swimming upstream.
Entering retirement with debt is like swimming upstream with one hand tied behind you," writes Patterson.
Of course, despite the inexpensive and emissions-free power, many environmentalists consider hydroelectric dams to be man-made abominations that prevent salmon and other fish from swimming upstream, divert otherwise natural riparian settings, and fundamentally change the character of surrounding ecosystems.
In the upper River East Allen, the footings of Allen Mill Bridge, near Allendale, had prevented many of the fish from swimming upstream.
Across the street, across schools of yellow taxis swimming upstream,
The Jets have made the biggest splash in free agency, yet are swimming upstream in this division, and while Buffalo have some young talent, they are a year or two away from challenging.