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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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 Investors also are grappling with the relationship between stock prices and bond yields, as an array of crosscurrents are adding to the uncertainty about the direction of financial markets. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Bond Investors Ask What’s Next as Yields Plateau," 30 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. chicagotribune.com, "As Trump targets immigrants, elderly and others brace to lose caregivers," 25 Mar. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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crosscurrent

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

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