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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!
See also: go, tide
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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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But royal biographer Andrew Morton believes that the Duchess of Sussex would have caught on to Diana "like a house on fire." These women are both known not only for being warm and compassionate but also for going against the tide and breaking away from royal traditions.
I also wonder why more level-headed and neutral people, such as social scientists, media researchers, anthropologists, historians, theologians, philosophers, and others, mainly chose to keep quiet, seeming afraid of going against the tide and the trend.
Unlike many others, she was unafraid of going against the tide of popular sentiment.
'If Martires wants to do right as what President Duterte told him to do, he should stand up to power and take risks even if it will mean going against the tide,' he added.
We believe that reporting on certain situations, even if it means going against the tide of media, or being a thorn in the side of government is essential if it means more people will have access to medical care.
In the realm of foreign policy, India is going against the tide of history, particularly the resurgence of the continent in the 21 st century - the "Asian Century." While the new regionalism, driven by economy and energy and in which Pakistan is the hub, is based on corridors, cooperation and connectivity, India has been promoting confrontation.
"If you're going against the tide in D.C., if you're trying to stand for biblical principles and you stick your head up, the blades come whirring and they try to chop you off," Bachmann said.
While the city seems to be producing a stream of great acts inspired by garage punk and rock 'n' roll, 100 Fables are taking their inspiration from the pop side of new wave and are happy to be going against the tide.
"We are going against the tide. We are trying to get our rights and we don't care if society is ready for this or not."
You're fighting a battle alongside maybe half a dozen lads - or not even that many in that instance - where you are going against the tide of wanting to succeed, at least wanting it desperately.
That was way back in 1960s, when the pearling culture in the region had almost ebbed, but going against the tide, Ali got hooked on to it.
The type of decisions that no Cypriot politician has dared to make in the past, because these require going against the tide, battling long-held political beliefs and prejudices and taking on powerful interest groups.
To play a musical instrument is similar to the act of going against the tide, but the big difference is that in this context it is worth the effort as it pays off in the end.
He opposed violent anti-semitism (going against the tide at the time) and was against the outbreak of the First World War.
If you do this in a shrinking industry, you will always be going against the tide, whereas if you are in a growing industry, you can benefit from the high tide.Another trend is the shift of content and buying onto the internet in the Middle East and Africa.