swim against the tide


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swim against the tide

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 tide 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 tide instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
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swim against the tide

 and swim against the current 
1. Lit. to swim in a direction opposite to the flow of the water. She became exhausted, swimming against the tide. If you really want strenuous exercise, go out in the stream and swim against the current.
2. Fig. to do something that is in opposition to the general movement of things. Why can't you cooperate? Do you always have to swim against the tide? You always seem to waste your energy swimming against the current.
See also: swim, tide

swim against the tide

If you swim against the tide, you do or say the opposite of what most other people are doing or saying. Sinclair seems to be swimming against the tide by not retiring at 60. Thank you for having the courage to swim against the tide and stand up for the qualities that built this great country. Note: You can also say that someone swims with the tide to mean that they act in the same way as most other people. Many great cathedrals are attempting to swim with the tide and bring in tourists to replace the worshippers who no longer come.
See also: swim, tide

go, swim, etc. with/against the ˈstream/ˈtide

behave/not behave in the same way as most other people: He’s a fashion designer who’s always swum against the stream; his work is very original.Why do you always have to go against the tide?
See also: stream, tide
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That possibly explains why there has been a plunge on the Timbers triumphing but Portland are not exactly reliable so the advice is to swim against the tide.
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But the collapse in the Seasiders' price - they are now 8-11 - has offered an opportunity for shrewd punters to swim against the tide.
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Current league positions Inter 15th, Lille 3rd Inter Lille (h) 1-2 Juventus (a) 0-0 Valenciennes (a) 1-1 Atalanta (h) 3-1* Sedan (h) 1-0 Chievo (h) 3-1 Lyon (a) 1-0* Lille (h) 0-1* Inter (a) 1-2 Catania (a) 3-1 Auxerre (h) 0-3 Napoli (h) 2-0 Rennes *Cup match Inter can forget domestic woe PUNTERS often have to swim against the tide to get value prices and backing Inter at odds-against to beat Lille is one of those occasions.
It may pay to swim against the tide and oppose him and I am going for Cheltenham fourth Go All The Way to fight it out with Aintree winner Steps To Freedom.
As a punter I love to swim against the tide and look for value in unfashionable and unheralded competitors.
However, that quote is almost certainly on the high side and it offers a route to profit for those who want to swim against the tide.
But it may pay to swim against the tide and back plenty of points between two sides whose defeats last week leave them looking to establish their position as best of the rest.
There is little incentive to swim against the tide in any of those markets, especially as the forecast suggests some rain in the air.