against the grain

Definition of against the grain

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when

  1. :  a single small hard seed

    :  a seed or fruit of a cereal grass :  caryopsis

    :  the seeds or fruits of various food plants including the cereal grasses and in commercial and statutory usage other plants (as the soybean)

  1. :  ingrain

    :  to form into grains :  granulate

    :  to paint in imitation of the grain of wood or stone

Seen and Heard

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a brief usually trivial fact

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