against the grain : Popular Idioms in English

against the grain

nonconformity to social norms.

Cassandra is always going against the grain. For example, she dyes her hair colors like pink, blue and purple.

News & Articles

  • High Speed Giraffe Chase
    You think of tigers and lions chasing people in the wild, well this giraffe goes against the grain and chases a car down! …
    June 24, 2013 - Nightcap TV
  • ProFootballTalk: Cheifs’ Mt. Rushmore
    Mike Florio and the fans agree that Derrick Thomas, Hank Stram and Len Dawson belong on the Kansas City Cheifs’ Mt. Rushmore, but disagree on who belongs in the final spot. Erik Kuselias goes against the grain throwing Lamar Hunt into the discussion.  
    June 24, 2013 - NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk
  • Can the Philadelphia Eagles Succeed as a Run-First Team?
    If you've been following along since new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was introduced to the Philadelphia football world, you're well aware that he has a very unique offensive background. It's also no secret that said background contains a lot of running.  Kelly went against the grain with his zone-read-heavy spread offense at Oregon, and while he'll certainly have to make alterations to his ...
    June 24, 2013 - Bleacher Report