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!
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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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99) Crime fiction falls into two main categories, police and private detectives, but a common theme is that the main protagonist is a maverick, an individual who swims against the current.
Young regards Nietzsche's thought as consonant with Germany's long tradition of Volkish (Romantic/communitarian) thinkers, while admitting that this communitarian reading swims against the current of mainstream Anglophone Nietzsche scholarship (Young makes little of French or German scholarship on Nietzsche).
This profoundly unfashionable book swims against the current of contemporary trends in the study of Old English poetry.
In this intriguing book on second-century theology, Osborn gleefully swims against the current.
Watching as she boldly swims against the currents of her time is inspiring.