against one's grain

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grain (grān)

  1. A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united.

  2. The fruits of cereal grasses especially after having been harvested, considered as a group.

  3. A relatively small discrete particulate or crystalline mass.

  4. Abbr. gr. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System, an avoirdupois unit equal to 0.002286 ounce (0.065 gram).

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