against the grain definition

  • phrase:
    • Preventing a smooth, level area from becoming formed by increasing the nap of wood or causing bigger splinters to form ahead of the cutting device below the cutting area.
    • unlike something expected; specially, of behavior distinct from just what culture needs.
    • Unwillingly, reluctantly; despite an individual's nature.
  • noun:
    • against or across the course of the materials; therefore, against your wishes or preferences; unwillingly; unpleasantly; reluctantly; with difficulty.

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