Definition of against (or with) the stream in English:

against (or with) the stream

phrase

  • Against (or with) the prevailing view or tendency:

    ‘a world in which the demand for quality does not run against the stream’
    • ‘I'm going to swim against the stream here and say I don't really understand the fuss about visual quality.’
    • ‘He was a quick-witted, well-meaning man who went with the stream instead of having the vision and strength of judgment to stand out against it.’
    • ‘Of course, it isn't the first time that Livingstone has swum against the stream.’
    • ‘They've swum against the stream to generate and rebuild a living piece of community.’
    • ‘They cannot help but drift with the stream of success-oriented culture, however unwilling they may be.’
    • ‘New Zealand will follow a contrary course and move against the stream if this legislation is passed.’
    • ‘The conception that a Marxist party has to swim against the stream and to fight against the prevailing forms of consciousness is entirely anathema to them.’
    • ‘At times he swims against the stream, quite bravely and honestly; at other moments he goes ‘with the flow,’ reinforcing popular prejudices and even backwardness.’
    • ‘In conclusion, the challenge of the day is to go against the stream.’
    • ‘I had gotten to the point where I felt like I was rowing against the stream.’