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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.
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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.
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strive toward something

to work toward a goal. DI always strive toward perfection. Mary strove toward doing her best at all times.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Critique: Impressively researched, organized and presented, "Striving for Perfection" is extraordinarily informative with a thoroughly 'reader friendly' accessability that will be appreciated by both academia and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.
When you are in the GB squad you are always striving for results and you are always striving to be better.
Jews, like most people, are happy when they are given the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This last phrase means that most people are happy not so much when they are in an actual state of fixed or permanent happiness, but when they are striving for happiness.
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"Obviously last year it was quite tight and it was just us in the frame, whereas this time England were striving for the Grand Slam and we were striving for the Championship, which made it such a mouthwatering game.
Subsequent to a fiercely competitive pitch between three agencies in December 2011, the striving network added yet another feather to its cap as it was awarded the media account of Toshiba electronics.
Striving, conversely, is unlikely to be pulling up too many trees this term but looks to have found her niche in this one mile contest.
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Following reviews of the literature on goals and on cultural differences, Georgianna (Irvine Valley College, California) describes her study of 72 university undergraduates, half from a university in New York City, half from a university in Beijing, exploring the leadership strategies people from Western/individualist and Nonwestern/collectivist cultures use during goal striving. The research examines similarities and differences in the students' self- chosen goals, factors determining the initiation of goal striving, and the strategies used by students to attain their goals.
First created in 2005, Striving Readers has supported eight projects across the country, each averaging $3 million over a five-year period.
Therefore, we're striving to do more to develop and care for our Airmen.
Enthusiastically recommended for serious students and scholars, as well as for deeply faithful individuals committed to the Chasidic principles of striving for self-improvement.
And perhaps most critically, suppliers say recyclers must set their systems up depending on which end markets they intend to serve and which end products they are striving to create.
Born Losers is a must read for anyone interested in American identity formation, the expansion of capitalism as political-economy and article of faith, the construction of economic striving as a moral imperative, and the psychological and social costs of a national ideology centered on self-reliance and economic ambition as the hallmarks of a successful life.