Definition of swim with (or against) the tide in US English:

swim with (or against) the tide

phrase

  • Act in accordance with (or against) the prevailing opinion or tendency.

    • ‘One patron of the society said: ‘We've been swimming against the tide for years now.’’
    • ‘Despite swimming against the tide, he has never lost his youthful energy.’
    • ‘They are swimming against the tide even amongst their own.’
    • ‘What's certain is that Baltimore is swimming against the tide.’
    • ‘‘Instead of swimming against the tide, there should be an attempt to make maximum advantage of it,’ he says.’
    • ‘Maybe, just maybe, I am swimming against the tide.’
    • ‘Since starting out in dance music in the mid-1990s, Costello has always seemed to be swimming against the tide of the local scene.’
    • ‘We also seemed to be swimming against the tide of contemporary trends in the publication of reference works.’
    • ‘Yet once again she was swimming against the tide.’
    • ‘He was just happy to swim with the tide, and confident that when opportunity came knocking, he would know.’