crosscurrent


cross·cur·rent

noun \ˈkrs-ˌkər-ənt, -ˌkə-rənt\

: a current of water that flows against or across the main current

Full Definition of CROSSCURRENT

1
:  a current running counter to the general forward direction
2
:  a conflicting tendency —usually used in plural <political crosscurrents>

First Known Use of CROSSCURRENT

1598

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