go with the tide

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go with the tide

To go along or agree with the prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave the same way as the majority of others. When I was in college, I used to have a lot of radical opinions and beliefs, but as I've grown older I find myself going with the tide more often. I'm sorry, but I simply refuse to go with the tide just because it's the easier option!
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go with the tide

Fig. to move along with the effect of outside forces. I just go with the tide. I never fight fate. She just goes with the tide, never giving a thought to thinking for herself.
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go (or swim) with (or against) the tide

act in accordance with (or against) the prevailing opinion or tendency.
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go, swim, etc. with/against the ˈstream/ˈtide

behave/not behave in the same way as most other people: He’s a fashion designer who’s always swum against the stream; his work is very original.Why do you always have to go against the tide?
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The London stage had put on previously productions that pushed the boundaries, if there were any left, and successive governments went with the tide of permissiveness.
Despite the setback, the selection committee went with the Tide as the No.
As a strong, albeit belated supporter of war with Germany in 1914, Lloyd George went with the tide of public opinion, which he had defied during the South African war.