go/swim with/against the tide

idiom

Definition of go/swim with/against the tide

: to think or behave in a way that agrees/disagrees with how most other people think or behave.
  • Politically, she tends to go against the tide on her college campus.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

swim play
  1. : to propel oneself in water by natural means (such as movements of the limbs, fins, or tail)

  2. : to play in the water (as at a beach or swimming pool)

  3. : to move with a motion like that of swimming : glide

  1. : a smooth gliding motion

  2. : an act or period of swimming

  3. : a temporary dizziness or unconsciousness

  1. : of, relating to, or used in or for swimming

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : not in conformity with : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when

tide play
  1. : the alternate rising and falling of the surface of the ocean and of water bodies (such as gulfs and bays) connected with the ocean that occurs usually twice a day and is the result of differing gravitational forces exerted at different parts of the earth by another body (such as the moon or sun)

  2. : a less marked rising and falling of an inland body of water

  3. : a periodic movement in the earth's crust caused by the same forces that produce ocean tides

  1. : to flow as or in a tide : surge

  2. : to cause to float with or as if with the tide

  1. : betide, befall


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