run counter to (someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
They had so recently seen the results of running counter to this savage white man's advice in the disastrous charge ordered by Waziri, in which he himself had died, that it had not been difficult for them to accept Tarzan's authority as final.
No one assumed that a guy in the US to take a unilateral decision running counter to international rules and regulations and annex part of a country to a usurper one, he said.
cannot sign any other international agreement running counter to the document to be signed with the Customs Union.
Though running counter to his stylish sensibilities, it eases identification at the dreaded baggage claim.
Such an approach, besides running counter to a Christian sense of sin and grace, reveals an arrogance which can only deepen anger and hostility."
Running counter to this downward trend was improvement for nonresidential building.
Embassy in Tokyo, the Japan Scientists Association criticized the test as running counter to international voices urging elimination of all nuclear weapons.