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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    Definition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    go/swim against the tide

    to do the opposite of what most other people are doing

    - It's not easy to go against the tide in defence of your principles.
    - He always seemed to be swimming against the tide of public opinion. [sometimes + of]


    Can I use "with" in place of against?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Definition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    go/swim against the tide

    to do the opposite of what most other people are doing

    - It's not easy to go against the tide in defence of your principles.
    - He always seemed to be swimming against the tide of public opinion. [sometimes + of]

    Can I use "with" in place of against?

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    You could, but it would be at your own risk. No, you shouldn't do that because "with" is the opposite of "against". Stick with "against" for this expression.

    You could say "swim with the tide", but this would be taken literally, not figuratively or metaphorically in any way - as far as I know.

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    Default Re: swim against the tide

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    You could, but it would be at your own risk. No, you shouldn't do that because "with" is the opposite of "against". Stick with "against" for this expression.

    You could say "swim with the tide", but this would be taken literally, not figuratively or metaphorically in any way - as far as I know.
    The concept of swimming WITH the tide has its own cliche --
    "to go with the flow."

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    NOTE: Dear Student:

    I kind of hate providing those examples. I don't think you should use this tired old expression at all. It seems to me that each of the last three examples I posted here would be much better with that phrase simply deleted.[/QUOTE]

    Oh! Ann Are you saying that this idiom is an old-fashioned one? if it's so I'll choose another one. It's my decision to choose which idiom I want to give to my readers in my monthly article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    NOTE: Dear Student:

    I kind of hate providing those examples. I don't think you should use this tired old expression at all. It seems to me that each of the last three examples I posted here would be much better with that phrase simply deleted.
    Oh! Ann Are you saying that this idiom is an old-fashioned one? if it's so I'll choose another one. It's my decision to choose which idiom I want to give to my readers in my monthly article. [/QUOTE]

    Ah, I see.

    No, I don't think it's old-fashioned exactly.

    It's just that I dislike using pre-made expressions of any sort.
    But as an exercise in "understanding idioms," it's good enough, I think.

    You should ask PROESL if he has any problem with this idiom (if it's too old-fashioned or whatever.)

    If he doesn't read this, I think you should PM him with this question of yours, along with a link to this thread.

    Do you have enough examples?

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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    But as an exercise in "understanding idioms," it's good enough, I think.

    You should ask PROESL if he has any problem with this idiom (if it's too old-fashioned or whatever.)

    If he doesn't read this, I think you should PM him with this question of yours, along with a link to this thread.

    Do you have enough examples?[/QUOTE]

    No,I haven't only preparing them for my this month resource,that's all. Are there any interesting idioms you'd like to suggest me? Don't hesitate to do so cos' the only way I can choose all the idioms I like them to be published in our Naval monthly Magazine is by searching in a book of Idiom of mine or else from the Internet.

    PS Yes, I know PROESL, one of his friends welcomed me to be a member of his social
    group .Actually I think I saw him posted to this thread already.

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    It's just that I dislike using pre-made expressions of any sort.
    [/QUOTE]

    Dear Ann 1977
    What does it mean by that red phrase? please.
    (May be it's some kind of a pretending / creating of sth that we don't know whether it'll occur or not)
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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    We often do say "go with the flow" meaning with the current, not against the tide.

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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    Definition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    go with the flow

    to do what other people are doing or to agree with other people because it is the easiest thing to do

    I wasn't very keen on the decision but it was easier just to go with the flow.

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    Default Re: swim against the tide

    Good example. Actually, I hadn't noticed Ann had already introduced this expression.

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