against\ the\ current

• (swim) against the current
• (swim) against the stream
v. phr.
To do the opposite of what most people want to do; go against the way things are happening; struggle upstream.

The boy who tries to succeed today without an education is swimming against the stream.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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