One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something.‘it goes against the grain to tell outright lies’
- ‘I've decided to go against the grain and not have any mixed drinks tonight.’
- ‘Not taking as final the manager's opinion on player purchases goes against the grain in the British game.’
- ‘Most young people are afraid of not being accepted if they go against the grain.’
- ‘That crazy non-conformist is totally going against the grain by wearing an outfit designed by Wayne Cooper.’
- ‘Much as it goes against the grain to praise the legal profession in any way, I was reminded earlier this week of one of the benefits of the profession.’
- ‘When did you last hear a politician genuinely appeal to our higher nature, go against the grain because what they believed in was simply the right thing to do?’
- ‘We like to find unique clothes that bring out the best in our personalities and go against the grain.’
- ‘For an estate agent, having to talk a house down instead of up goes against the grain, admits Craig Grantham.’
- ‘Time after time, he's undertaken initiatives which have gone against the grain of public opinion.’
- ‘But helping the poor directly would go against the grain of the ruling party's old guard.’
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