go against the grain

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go against the grain

To do something or be in opposition or contrary to what is generally understood, assumed, practiced, or accepted. The artist always tried to go against the grain, ignoring the artistic trends of her day.
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go against the grain

COMMON If an idea or action goes against the grain, it is the opposite from what you feel is right or normal and you find it difficult to accept. It goes against the grain to pay more for a product that you know is inferior. The decision not to have children somehow goes against the grain. Note: Something can also run against the grain. It runs against the grain to force your child to leave home. Note: The grain of a piece of wood is the direction of its fibres. It is easier to cut or plane wood along the direction of the grain, rather than across it.
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be/go against the ˈgrain

be or do something different from what is normal or natural: Voting for the Liberal Party goes against the grain with him. He’s voted Conservative all his life.It goes against the grain for her to spend a lot of money on clothes.
The grain is the natural direction of lines in a piece of wood.
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against the grain, to go

“There was something about Prohibition that went against the American grain,” a high school history teacher once said, quite innocent of her pun on this phrase, which means contrary to expectations, custom, or common sense. The literal meaning, against the natural direction of the fibers in a piece of wood, was turned figurative by Shakespeare in Coriolanus (“Preoccupied with what you rather must do than what you should, made you against the grain to voice him consul”). By the time Dickens used it in Edwin Drood (1870) it probably was already a cliché.
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References in classic literature ?
It went against the grain with me, after what had passed between us, to show him that I felt any sort of interest in his proceedings.
He said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) claimed to champion democratic value but the assault went against the grain of the same values which enshrine freedom of expression and peaceful protest as a right.
That 2-0 win went against the grain as Wanderers have conceded a total of ten goals in their last five home matches.
Trump also went against the grain at the G7 as the only world leader not to endorse more efforts against climate change.
Here too Ford went against the grain choosing to show a collection for fall/winter 2016.
In his valuable introduction Mr Thorpe reminds us that Flaubert's realism went against the grain of a natural romantic.
It went against the grain of local feeling, but if the market research was going to make the airport more successful it seemed sensible to swallow our pride.
These are all men and women who went against the grain and made names for themselves.
Not surprisingly, one of Hardy's milestone projects was a risky theatre venture that went against the grain of what everyone was doing at the time.
But Steve was loyal and it went against the grain to do anything behind Lorraine's back.
To add insult to injury Tony Blair's Government was denounced by one Labour MP, the left-winger Diane Abbott, as a 'faction' which went against the grain of the party, while GMB leader John Edmonds said it was time to 'bury' New Labour.
He had committed a wrong against Rightsland and that went against the grain.
Elsewhere in Europe, military command remained an aristocratic preserve well into the nineteenth century and beyond, but Italy went against the grain. Foreign armies that occupied and/or tried to expand in Italy had to bring their own officers with them, or import outsiders such as the duke of Wemyss; natives weren't interested in the work.
That stuff went against the grain of contemporary, "advanced" taste, yet within the context of a decimated art market it made for an ideal chattel.