Definition of swim with or against the tide in English:

swim with (or against) the tide

Act in accordance with (or against) the prevailing opinion or tendency.
More example sentences
  • Despite swimming against the tide, he has never lost his youthful energy.
  • One patron of the society said: ‘We've been swimming against the tide for years now.’
  • ‘Instead of swimming against the tide, there should be an attempt to make maximum advantage of it,’ he says.
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