swim upstream

swim upstream

To go against or disagree with a prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave contrary to the majority of others. When I was in college, I really swam upstream 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 upstream instead of making things a little easier on yourself!
See also: swim
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We are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, go against the flow, and swim upstream with bold ideas: in fact, I would go so far to say that it is this organizational cultural identity that has made ARACO so successful.
If, after being caught, they are then released back in to the river, their chances of being able to complete their risky and dangerous swim upstream to spawn will, at best, be seriously reduced.
NHDES will be getting $370,000 to remove two dams on the Bellamy River to allow fish to swim upstream to spawning habitats and restore 21 acres of floodplain wetlands.
The Tyne is now regarded as the best river in England for salmon, overcoming decades of industry and pollution to see around 40,000 fish swim upstream.
Improvements at 10 sites on the Rivers Frome, Piddle, Asker and Brit have made it possible for fish to swim upstream to spawning grounds for the first time in many years.
Over time, water running out of a culvert will erode the streambed immediately downstream of the structure, making it ever harder for salmon to leap into the culvert and continue their swim upstream, Velez said.
What are our assurances that this new waste site will not leech PCBs, mercury and other toxic chemicals into the surrounding lands and water, contaminating not only our community but also the fish who swim upstream every year?
Nature lovers have long tracked the timing of certain events--when plants bloom or when fish swim upstream to spawn--to answer practical questions: When are the best times to hunt and fish?
The name appears to be a symbolic nod to the persevering fish renowned for its ability to swim upstream.
Lately youre worrying about things that are not in your control and unless you start to go with the flow a little more instead of constantly trying to swim upstream you will not get to your destination.
Lately you're worrying about things that are not in your control and unless you start to go with the flow a little more instead of constantly trying to swim upstream you get to your destination.
Lately worrying about things that are not in your control and unless you start to go with the flow a little more instead of constantly trying to swim upstream you will not get to your destination.
Some states have independent, or quasi independent, commissions, while others rely directly on legislatures to decide not only congressional boundaries but also ones for state offices--often the political spawning grounds for those who eventually swim upstream to D.
David Edwell, Environment Agency Wales area manager, said: "As well as making the area safer, the work has helped anglers and wildlife by making it easier for fish to swim upstream.
It is this type of "cluelessness" that just makes it tougher to swim upstream.