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run counter to (someone or something)

To oppose, contravene, or work against someone or something. The former CEO's actions run counter to everything this company stands for. The governor's newest policy seems to be running counter to everything he promised during his election campaign.
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run counter to something

to be in opposition to something; to run against something. (This has nothing to do with running.) Your proposal runs counter to what is required by the manager. His idea runs counter to good sense.
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run counter to

Be in conflict with, oppose, as in Practice often runs counter to theory. This idiom, first recorded in 1843, uses counter in the sense of "in an opposite direction."
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run counter to

be or develop in conflict with.
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"Restoration of the moral and educational schools which are committed to the holy Quran and the tradition (of Prophet Mohammad PBUH) should be paid serious attention as a tool to decrease radical materialistic tendencies and attraction to alien behavioral rituals which run counter to Islamic principles," participants in a commission of the conference titled 'the Role of Ulema in Islamic Awakening' said in a statement on Tuesday.
advance new ideas and promote enduring knowledge." Nor does it run counter to Harvard President Summer's desire to be on the "cutting edge" of education.
"The sanctions imposed by the hegemonic system against countries went under discussion at the ICC's recent meeting and it was announced that the sanctions run counter to the raison d'E[logical not]tre and agenda of the chambers of commerce since the motto of the ICC is free trade and the measures taken by political officials in area of trade violate the trend of free trade," Head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Iran Mohammad Nahavandian said in Tehran on Tuesday.
For some, this recent approach may run counter to the older notion that the medieval artist worked primarily for the glory of God.
Both studies run counter to research indicating that foods high in soy protect against cancer.
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The results of Trosko and his colleagues run counter to those conclusions.
For those whose sympathies run counter to royal authority, Smith presents an upbeat story of a theater which contributes directly to revolution.
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Berger, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., says that many elements of Johnson's climate theory are speculative and run counter to accepted ideas.
The results of the experiment, completed last month, run counter to findings from a trial 2 years ago, when Coale and his coworkers first tried to seed the Pacific with iron.
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While the data do not establish the relative benefits of the various lifestyle changes, they do run counter to recent suggestions that low-cholesterol diets offer no cardiovascular advantage (SN: 3/3/90, p.