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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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But woman and dog have an inner journey to make, swimming upstream against their grief and puzzlement in an attempt to understand why their friend abandoned them.
Thus, Father Bryan Massingale reminds us that "concern for the poor entails swimming upstream against powerful currents.
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.
Many of us have thought for years that Welsh rugby was analogous to a Swan gracefully triumphing in swimming upstream through the Six Nations jungle and winning three glorious titles including two Grand Slams in just five years while underneath the game's legs in the form of the regions and every other pillar of our national game from the premiership down to the lowliest amateur village team is desperately trying to simply survive.
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.
I walked in the opposite direction from the crowd most of the time; I thought this was symbolic of the movement, swimming upstream.
These questions are important for the light they shed on two larger questions: (1) Is Aspire already an example of a high-performing and affordable system of schools that just happens to be swimming upstream in a particularly difficult environment, or does it remain a work in progress toward the goal of becoming a high-performing school network that the taxpayer can afford?
Instinctively, Corliss dove in and started swimming upstream in an effort to save him.
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.