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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 really 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