swim against the current


swim against the current
swim against the tide & swim against the current
1. Lit. to swim in a direction opposite to the flow of the water. •

She became exhausted, swimming against the tide.

If you really want strenuous exercise, go out in the stream and swim against the current.

2. Fig. to do something that is in opposition to the general movement of things. •

Why can't you cooperate? Do you always have to swim against the tide?

You always seem to waste your energy swimming against the current.

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or[swim against the stream] {v. phr.} To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. * /The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming against the stream./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • swim against the current — or[swim against the stream] {v. phr.} To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. * /The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming against the stream./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • swim\ against\ the\ current — • (swim) against the current • (swim) against the stream v. phr. To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • swim against the current — • swim against the tide • swim against the current do the opposite of what most people want to do He is always swimming against the tide and never wants to do what his friends are doing …   Idioms and examples

  • against\ the\ current — • (swim) against the current • (swim) against the stream v. phr. To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • swim\ against\ the\ stream — • (swim) against the current • (swim) against the stream v. phr. To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • swim against the tide — • swim against the tide • swim against the current do the opposite of what most people want to do He is always swimming against the tide and never wants to do what his friends are doing …   Idioms and examples

  • against the current — or[against the stream] See: SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • against the current — or[against the stream] See: SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • swim against the stream — phrasal : to move counter to or work against the prevailing or popular current (as in religion or politics) …   Useful english dictionary

  • against\ the\ stream — • (swim) against the current • (swim) against the stream v. phr. To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream. The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming… …   Словарь американских идиом