crosscurrent

noun
cross·​cur·​rent | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkər-ənt How to pronounce crosscurrent (audio) , -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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In other words, this is not only a claustrophobic space typical of the artist, but its very density and crosscurrents convey a sense of trickery, borne out by other key details. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "A Winning Group of Cheaters," 28 Sep. 2018 Still, the tepid close-to-close move obscures the crosscurrents facing money managers who are trying to gauge the pace of U.S. economic growth relative to the rest of the world. ... Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Yields Steady," 6 Feb. 2019 The recreational boat industry, which faces retaliatory tariffs ranging from about 10% to 25% on exports to a range of countries, is one example of a sector caught in the crosscurrents. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5% Rate in Third Quarter," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of crosscurrent

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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