kick against the pricks

kick against the pricks

  (British & Australian literary)
to fight against people in authority People in this country tend to follow rather than lead. It takes courage to kick against the pricks.
See also: kick, prick
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In his new autobiography, A Kick Against the Pricks (the title refers to a Bible passage), the James Joyce scholar writes intimately about his life and the scandals that Norris says haven't allowed him a complete night's sleep ever since.
Because THEN there'll be something to write about, then there'll be an occasion to kick against the pricks.
When God tells Saul (Acts 26), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks," he is borrowing a verse from Euripides (Bacchae 795).