go against the grain

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go against the grain definition


To go contrary to someone's natural disposition: “Having to get up this early in the morning really goes against my grain.” This refers to the fact that someone who rubs his hand against the grain on a piece of lumber will get splinters.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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