go against the tide

go/swim against the tide

to do the opposite of what most other people are doing It's not easy to go against the tide in defence of your principles. (sometimes + of ) He always seemed to be swimming against the tide of public opinion.
See drift with the tide, stem the tide, turn the tide
See also: tide
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While many clubs see trophies as a sign of a successful manager, Andrew wasn't afraid to go against the tide, creating a mixed club that allowed everyone to play no matter their religious background.
And Mr Blair paid tribute to "" Labour leader Ed Miliband, saying: "He is his own man, with his own convictions and determined to follow them even when they go against the tide.
He showed on this, as on other issues, he is his own man, with his own convictions and he is determined to follow them even when they go against the tide.
IT is just like Mahesh Bhatt to go against the tide.
I submit that we are extremely lucky President Kennedy had the wisdom and courage to go against the tide at a most critical juncture.
The democratic process has been applied right through the process, despite political opponents getting cold feet and seeing a political opportunity to go against the tide.
A proposal by Gateshead Council to go against the tide and switch instead to fortnightly collections may raise an eyebrow.
Though they are usually high-scoring affairs, it may be wise to go against the tide, and on the unders.
There may, of course, be times when politicians go against the tide and try to change public opinion rather than following it without question.
I always go against the tide - then you can buy cheaply - and hopefully the tide is now turning for dairying," said Mr Reed, 39, of Rhosygadair Fawr, Blaenannerch.
He warned, 'European citizens should not expect from European companies that they go against the tide trying to maintain existing European jobs at all cost.
The idea is to have a highly visible police presence to deter the petty thieves and anti-social misfits who go against the tide to sow seasonal misery among everyone else's goodwill.
By Mike Derderian, Star Staff Writer In the cyber world where English is the medium used to access information, Samih Toukan decided to go against the tide by establishing the first Arabic e-mail online service now known as 'MAKTOOB'.
It would be counter-productive to go against the tide and allow the (Mexican) economy to keep on growing.