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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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The second, Swimming Upstream, takes place at the aquarium on Thursday September 26 from 7.30pm-9.30pm.
The second will be a Swimming Upstream event on September 26.
The crocodiles, that are currently swimming upstream and into flooded villages, were spotted last week when the River Tanabroke its banks, flooding villages.Death toll has risen to six, with the most recent death having been of a National Youth Serviceman who was swept by floods while trying to cross a flooded section of the broken Bura-Madogo Road.
You've got to be straight with people or you'll always be bucking the current, a trout swimming upstream.
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.
Asked what the challenges were in establishing her business, Shumei says: "I think from day one you know there are challenges, and every day is like swimming upstream! It is a brand new idea for Rwanda people don't really understand the concept of a modern poultry farm.
Thus, Father Bryan Massingale reminds us that "concern for the poor entails swimming upstream against powerful currents." Part of swimming upstream is learning to be more scandalized by violations of human dignity than by celebrity escapades.
There is also an olive-shape element on the side skirt, "creating the effect of salmon swimming upstream," he notes.
Eugene is swimming upstream against powerful market forces in planning to accommodate an additional 34,000 residents in the next 20 years with only modest expansions of land available for residential development.
The fish moved into the rivers swimming upstream with all their might and we anglers moved on to the riverbank.
"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.
"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.