against the grain

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Contrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
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Submitted on September 11, 2009

Additional definitions for 'against the grain':

against the grainTo sand or plane a piece of wood parallel or nearly parallel to the fibers such that splinters forming ahead of the tool originate below the cutting surface.
against the grainUnwillingly, reluctantly. It went much against the grain with him, i.e. it was much against his inclination, or against his pluck.
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