swim upstream

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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!
See also: swim
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I made one comment about Alex Salmond being the hardest working politician in Scotland – every year he swims upstream and he spawns and swims back again.
Staff from the Environment Agency set out on a two-day cycle trip following the journey of the salmon, which swims upstream in mating season.