crosscurrent

noun
cross·​cur·​rent | \ˈkrȯs-ˌkər-ənt, -ˌkə-rənt\

Definition of crosscurrent 

1 : a current running counter to the general forward direction

2 : a conflicting tendency usually used in plural political crosscurrents

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One company recently caught in the crosscurrent was German engineering firm Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG . Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead," 14 Nov. 2018 The situation reflects the crosscurrents that often roil immigration debates, with a central question being how many Americans are willing to fill the arduous, low-pay positions that immigrants often work. Washington Post, "As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers," 24 Mar. 2018 The situation reflects the crosscurrents that often roil immigration debates, with a central question being how many Americans are willing to fill the arduous, low-pay positions that immigrants often work. Washington Post, "As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers," 24 Mar. 2018 The situation reflects the crosscurrents that often roil immigration debates, with a central question being how many Americans are willing to fill the arduous, low-pay positions that immigrants often work. Washington Post, "As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers," 24 Mar. 2018 What could cut through the political crosscurrents this year is a simple maxim: Asians vote for Asians. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Democrats Hope Asian-American Influx Will Help Turn Orange County Blue," 3 June 2018 The situation reflects the crosscurrents that often roil immigration debates, with a central question being how many Americans are willing to fill the arduous, low-pay positions that immigrants often work. Washington Post, "As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers," 24 Mar. 2018 Even before Trump's election, the Trans-Pacific Partnership began to founder and stall in Congress as it got caught up in political crosscurrents, losing support from some Republicans and progressive Democrats. Erica Werner, chicagotribune.com, "Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership he once called 'disaster'," 13 Apr. 2018 Democrats face powerful crosscurrents in this year’s Senate elections. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Senate Democrats sit on big stockpiles of campaign money as midterm elections heat up," 19 Apr. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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crosscurrent

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English Language Learners Definition of crosscurrent

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

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