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it's ill striving against the stream

1. It is futile to challenge that which cannot be changed. The school board has made their decision, and we just have to accept it. It's ill striving against the stream.
2. It is unwise, improper, futile to act or behave in opposition or contrary to what is generally understood, assumed, practiced, or accepted. I had some radical beliefs when I was in college, but as I've grown older, I've found that it's ill striving against the stream. My parents always said that it's ill striving against the stream, but I can't help it—I'm different, and I won't change myself just to please others.
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strive after (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to attain or accomplish something, especially that which is uncertain or intangible. I have spent my career as an artist striving after beauty and truth in their most ideal forms. You should spend less time striving after the praise and acceptance of others.
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strive against (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to prevent or oppose something. My great-grandfather gave his life striving against tyranny and oppression. The local community has been striving against the economic decline with a number of initiatives to keep people employed.
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strive for (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to attain or accomplish something. I could tell she was striving for that promotion by how hard she'd been working recently. Our organization has been striving for peace in this region for the last ten years. You should always strive for excellence, but striving for perfection is a fool's errand.
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strive to (do something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to do or accomplish something. Our team has striven to create the most realistic computer-generated effects ever seen. We are striving to bring peace to the war-torn region.
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strive toward (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort in order to achieve or approach some particular goal. You should always strive toward excellence, but striving toward perfection is a fool's errand. I'm striving toward a 4.0 this semester, but it's going to be tough.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

strive after something

to try very hard to obtain something. I am always striving after perfection. Ted was striving after a promotion and finally got it.
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strive against something

to work against something. He worked hard, striving against failure at every turn. Things were difficult. I had to strive against quitting almost every day.
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strive for something

to try to obtain or bring about something. I am striving for the best possible result. Mary strives for perfection in everything she does.
See also: for, strive

strive to do something

to try hard to do something. She strove very hard to do what she had set out to do. Please strive to do it as best you can.
See also: strive, to

strive toward something

to work toward a goal. DI always strive toward perfection. Mary strove toward doing her best at all times.
See also: strive, toward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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