run counter to

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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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The war games must be seen in the context of US regional dominance, which also run counter to Philippine interests.
Airline shares typically run counter to oil prices, since jet fuel is one of airlines' biggest costs next to labor.
He attacked the court for restricting the teaching of religious dogma in public schools and said such decisions run counter to American history.
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Advocacy would run counter to the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality," says Dunn, explaining why the group's mission needed to be finessed.
The Socialist government of Jose Luis Zapatero has used its current popularity to introduce policies reflecting this change, the majority of which run counter to the teachings of the Catholic Church (files from Zenit, National Post, Hamilton Spectator).
Some aspects of this approach run counter to what we have come to expect in a high quality, modern building.
Recent studies of TiVo users reveal most advertisers' marketing plans run counter to consumers' behavior, Walker said.
But how do you fight an enemy that is very swift and has no scruples, whose actions run counter to the laws on which Western civilization based?
In a statement, Archbishop Williams said, "It is important that the Canadian church has held back from a structural shift that would have run counter to the pleas and wishes of the Primates' meeting last autumn and of so many around the Communion.
Willard is also an advocate of what he calls "galaxy thinking," a problem-solving method that involves coming up with situational "what ifs"--especially those that run counter to conventional thinking.
His views on the Delie, in particular, run counter to the "optimistic" views of closure, harmony, and balance through which others have interpreted Sceve's poetic love masterpiece.
I ask AAFES to exercise its conscience, to say that slave labor, sweatshop labor, child labor are abhorrent practices that run counter to everything that we as a nation stand for.
Not understanding that the traits of a happy family, such as filial deference, often run counter to those of a profitable business, which must be managed in a strictly professional manner.