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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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Nevertheless, if anyone goes on selfishly insisting on "Me First," he is not only swimming against the current, but also as a result isolating himself from all society and ruining the entire world.
Swimming against the current in this as in so much else, Richard Mille prefers to space new releases out across the year, rather than front-load everything in January in Geneva.
Bug hunters can try to catch damselflies and dragonflies, or may spot a brown trout swimming against the current, or a dipper, a brown bird with a white breast that dives under water and uses its wings to swim.
After 6 years of hoping against hope, patiently waiting, making all efforts to mobilize people, things, funds and above all to comply with the governmental restrictions and requirements, she felt she was swimming against the current as the corruption at all levels were more than she could cope with.
The current changed several times and I had really a very hard time swimming against the current, said Macarine.
but they are badly outnumbered and seem to be swimming against the current.
Where does a lifetime of swimming against the current get you?
Washington, May 28 ( ANI ): Researchers have said that sperm cells are extremely efficient at swimming against the current.
It felt inevitably as an ironic juxtaposition of two faces of Turkey today: at one side a scenery of politics -- acrimonious, small-minded, hateful, "anything but local," full of dogfights, patriarchy at its peak and a collective frenzy -- and at the other the power of art, individualism and free thinking, a prevailing sense of swimming against the current.
She added: "I find myself swimming against the current, and you can't do that.
We may be swimming against the current, but important changes are never made by those who swim with it'.
For starters, in general, stocks and the stock market tend to rise over time, so you'll be swimming against the current.
In agreement with SID head Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, US leaders say the Russians under Putin are swimming against the current, just as the Iranians under Khamenei have been doing since he took the top post in June 1989.
Indeed, reform begins with a few drops, like the rivers that flow in seasons of natural abundance, and there are always those who stubbornly insist on swimming against the current of nature.
Other therapies such as swimming against the current, aqua fitness and aqua bike sessions, and step aerobics workouts are also available.