go against the tide

go against the tide

To go against or disagree with a prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave contrary to the majority of others. I really went against the tide when I was in college 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 go against the tide instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
See also: tide

go, swim, etc. with/against the ˈstream/ˈtide

behave/not behave in the same way as most other people: He’s a fashion designer who’s always swum against the stream; his work is very original.Why do you always have to go against the tide?
See also: stream, tide
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The tenth year of the White Crow award, celebrating young people and activists who break prejudices and go against the tide.
Being modern is when you can go against the tide, and say, 'This is who I am.
A private life ensures that each person can create his or her own unique identity and determine his or her life's direction - the right to fail along the way or to go against the tide.
It takes real effort to go against the tide, especially when delegates' work is all done voluntarily.
While many clubs see trophies as a sign of a successful manager, Andrew wasn't afraid to go against the tide, creating a mixed club that allowed everyone to play no matter their religious background.
And Mr Blair paid tribute to "" Labour leader Ed Miliband, saying: "He is his own man, with his own convictions and determined to follow them even when they go against the tide.
He showed on this, as on other issues, he is his own man, with his own convictions and he is determined to follow them even when they go against the tide.
IT is just like Mahesh Bhatt to go against the tide.
I submit that we are extremely lucky President Kennedy had the wisdom and courage to go against the tide at a most critical juncture.
Because selling is a tough job (in spite of what some may think), it's often necessary to go against the tide in order to move forward -- to do things differently to close sales.
You can gift happiness to others when you recognize good and selfless work, when you recognize honesty, justice, stand up against exploitation, go against the tide for the benefit of the under-dog, solve problems.
The democratic process has been applied right through the process, despite political opponents getting cold feet and seeing a political opportunity to go against the tide.
This month's Soapbox contributor, Jane Hunter of Hunter's Wines, makes a good point about the need to go against the tide of negativity that seems to have invaded our business communities in recent times.
A proposal by Gateshead Council to go against the tide and switch instead to fortnightly collections may raise an eyebrow.
Though they are usually high-scoring affairs, it may be wise to go against the tide, and on the unders.