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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!
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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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Much of what we are doing goes against the tide of what others are doing.
This Jordanian blogger gives a refreshing view that goes against the tide.
Mikati has international weight, and he cannot form a government and a political leadership that goes against the tide in the Arab world today, where the winds of freedom, justice and dignity have begun to blow.
Summary: Rabat - Algeria goes against the tide of building the Arab Maghreb Union through its hostile stances towards Morocco which fuel the artificial conflict over the Moroccanness of the Sahara, said Tuesday several members of the House of Advisors.
Even though his style goes against the tide of bright colors and flashy pictures often found in children's books, his appeal has endured.
The Spanish plan goes against the tide of free trade and could sink fish and chip shops across Britain.