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Swim against the tide

DEFINITION

Acting against popular trends. “Tide’ refers to the status quo, to what is popular, so to swim against it is to follow a very different course. (Compare to March to a different drummer, Go it alone, Black sheep or Buck the trend.)

“Although everyone wants that family to move, he believes it is not proper justice so he is swimming against the tide.”

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