against the grain

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when

grain play
  1. : a single small hard seed

  2. : a seed or fruit of a cereal grass : caryopsis

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

  1. : ingrain

  2. : to form into grains : granulate

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



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