Definition of against the grain
- It takes courage to go against the grain and stand up for what you believe in.
: in opposition or hostility to
: not in conformity with : contrary to
: in competition with
: in preparation for the time when
: 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 (such as the soybean)
: to form into grains : granulate
: to paint in imitation of the grain of wood or stone
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