swim against the current

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swim against the current

To go against or disagree with a prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave contrary to the majority of others. I really swam against the current when I was in college with some radical opinions, but as I've grown older I've found myself falling more in line with others. I don't understand why you always have to swim against the current instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
See also: current, swim

swim against the current

Also, swim against the stream or tide . Go against prevailing opinion or thought, as in I'm voting for him even if that is swimming against the current. Shakespeare used a similar metaphor in 2 Henry IV (5:2): "You must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair, which swims against your stream." For the antonym, see swim with the tide.
See also: current, swim
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And instead of the Muslim Brotherhood trying to build bridges of trust with society and to cross this deep gulf over a long period of time, it wagered and lost - swam against the current and drowned.
On their return, the Bahrainis swam against the current to make things even more difficult.
Silver-coloured NHK showed footage of the silver-coloured creature, which had huge black eyes, as it swam against the current, holding a bait squid in its arms.
NHK showed footage of the silver-colored creature, which had huge black eyes, as it swam against the current, holding a bait squid in its arms.
She took Baby Pong from Father's back and swam against the current until they were back at the shore.
The thing was gliding through the water slowly, but it often picked up speed and swam against the current.