swim with the tide


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swim with the tide

Go along with prevailing opinion or thought, as in Irene doesn't have a mind of her own; she just swims with the tide. In the late 1600s this idiom was also put as swim down the stream, a usage not much heard today. The present form was first recorded in 1712. For the antonym, see swim against the current.
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After lonely years criticising supermarkets, I'm bemused these days to swim with the tide.
It's critical that Pinnacle anticipate the coming sea change and develop products that will swim with the tide because there's going to be a lot of companies who drown in the undertow.