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go with the tide

To go along or agree with the prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave the same way as the majority of others. When I was in college, I used to have a lot of radical opinions and beliefs, but as I've grown older I find myself going with the tide more often. I'm sorry, but I simply refuse to go with the tide just because it's the easier option!
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go with the tide

Fig. to move along with the effect of outside forces. I just go with the tide. I never fight fate. She just goes with the tide, never giving a thought to thinking for herself.
See also: go, tide
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go (or swim) with (or against) the tide

act in accordance with (or against) the prevailing opinion or tendency.
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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Over a year back we pricked the conscience of Phoenix people for the company's having gone with the tide that has been a creation of the big three oil companies.
The shock, in fact, drifts quietly away into disaffection, as in "The Lighthouse" (a wicked update of the Woolf novel): after the swift and shattering climax, we watch a body make a hollow for itself in the sand, unobserved on a lonely beach: "No one came by that day and in the evening when the sun went down she was gone with the tide."