swim upstream

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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!
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But if the duck fights the current and swims upstream, then you know the animal is kosher.
This fish is famous for its leaps out of the water as it swims upstream to release eggs.
"I made one comment about Alex Salmond being the hardest working politician in Scotland – every year he swims upstream and he spawns and swims back again.
Staff from the Environment Agency set out on a two-day cycle trip following the journey of the salmon, which swims upstream in mating season.
An organization that swims upstream, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates battles against the strong current of corporate policy and makes its way to the breeding ground, where fair and equitable practices are implemented for future generations.