against the grain


: different from what is normal or usual
It takes courage to go against the grain and stand up for what you believe in.

Examples of against the grain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slice pork chops: Thinly slice pork against the grain, and drizzle with maple sauce. Adam Dolge, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Declining interest in those careers across the board may well mean that those opting to go against the grain of more climate-conscious peers are increasingly right-wing. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2023 Slice steak against the grain into thin slices, and divide on top of each. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2023 Alloy has taken a bold step against the grain of the industry. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 Slice the brisket against the grain, and top with sauce before serving. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 11 July 2023 The class, like the one before it, was a volunteer effort that struggled in many ways against the grain of prison culture and the systems and priorities of prison administration. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 23 June 2023 The key is going against the grain, doing the opposite of what human nature tells you to do. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 15 June 2023 Always cut skirt cuts thinly against the grain for buttery, tender results. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2023 See More

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“Against the grain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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