(entered for 12.28.05)
Meaning: do something opposite to the established or accepted way. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: row against the tide
Rewrite 2: steer against the curve
Rewrite 3: walk against the flow
Rewrite 4: talk over the conversation
Comment: Think of going against something that everyone does automatically, like walking up the downstairs or driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
More reading about clichés
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