Definition of against the grain in English:

against the grain

Translate against the grain into Spanish

phrase

  • Contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something.

    ‘it goes against the grain to tell outright lies’
    • ‘Time after time, he's undertaken initiatives which have gone against the grain of public opinion.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I've decided to go against the grain and not have any mixed drinks tonight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We like to find unique clothes that bring out the best in our personalities and go against the grain.’
    • ‘But helping the poor directly would go against the grain of the ruling party's old guard.’
    • ‘For an estate agent, having to talk a house down instead of up goes against the grain, admits Craig Grantham.’
    • ‘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.’

    Origin

    From the fact that wood is easier to cut along the line of the grain.