Definition of Against the grain

1. Prepositional phrase. (context: woodworking of sanding or planing a piece of wood) Preventing a smooth, level surface from being formed by raising the nap of the wood or causing larger splinters to form ahead of the cutting tool below the cutting surface. ¹



2. Prepositional phrase. (idiomatic) Contrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects. ¹

3. Prepositional phrase. (idiomatic) Unwillingly, reluctantly; contrary to one's nature. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Against The Grain

agaceries
again
again-
again-coming
again and again
againbuy
againe
againest
againrising
againsaw
againsay
against
against all odds
against the clock
against the collar
against the grain (current term)
against the law
against the run of play
against the wind
against time
againstand
againstness
againward
agal
agalactia
agalactias
agalactorrhoea
agalactosis
agalactous
agalaxy

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