go against the stream

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go against the stream

To act or behave in opposition or contrary to what is generally understood, assumed, practiced, or accepted. I really went against the stream when I was in college with some radical opinions, but as I've grown older I have found myself falling more in line with other people's way of thinking. I don't understand why you always have to swim against the stream instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
See also: go, stream
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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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For Schumpeter, capitalism's demise would come about not due to falling rates of profit but due to questions being asked about its rationale, as it came to be dominated by giant firms in which innovation became a routine activity undertaken by teams rather than by outsider individuals going against the stream in pursuit of new products and processes, new markets and new ways of doing business.