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Against the Grain

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prepositional phrase

  1. [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.
  2. [idiomatic] Contrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
  3. [idiomatic] Unwillingly, reluctantly; contrary to one's nature.


Against the Grain is a musical group.

  • album: "War Stories"


Against the Grain is a record label.


  1. "Against the Grain" is the fifth album by punk rock band Bad Religion released on November 23, 1990. This was the last album recorded with drummer Pete Finestone who left in 1991 to concentrate with his new project The Fishermen. Following his departure, the band's music would take a different direction on their next album, 1992's Generator. Against the Grain was also the first Bad Religion album not to feature a lineup change from after two consecutive studio albums.
    • genre: Punk rock
    • released on (24 years ago)
  2. "Against the Grain" is the fourth studio album by rapper Kurupt and his first on Death Row Records as a solo artist. Kurupt signed back on to Death Row Records, except as a solo artist in 2002. The album was supposed to be released in 2004, but was delayed. It was finally released in August 2005. It was critical because it was Death Row's first freshly recorded album in over 4 years.
  3. "Against the Grain" is a 1975 studio album by Irish musician Rory Gallagher. It was his first album with his new record company Chrysalis. The album is mostly new songs written by Gallagher as well as some classic blues and R&B numbers. In contrast to previous studio albums by Gallagher it received very favorable reviews.
    • genre: Blues rock
    • released in (40 years ago)
  4. "Against the Grain", Acoustic Alchemy's 7th album, was released in 1994 under the GRP label.
    • genre: Smooth jazz
    • released on (20 years ago)
  5. "Against the Grain" is a musical album of Krafty Kuts.
    • also known as Against the Grain (disc 1: Krafty Kuts Re-Rubs)
    • released on (5 years ago)
  6. "Against the Grain" is the fifth album by singer–songwriter Phoebe Snow, released in 1978.
    • genre: Soft rock
    • released in (37 years ago)
  7. "Against the Grain" is the debut album from The Veer Union under their current name. They did release one previous album, Time to Break the Spell, under the name "Veer". The album was released on April 21, 2009. Three singles were released from the album, "Seasons", "Youth of Yesterday", and "Darker Side of Me".
  8. "Against the Grain" is a greatest hits album from the Australian folk-rock group Redgum.
  9. "Against the Grain" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  10. "Against the Grain" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  11. "Against the Grain" is a composition.
  12. "Against the Grain" is a musical album of Allensworth.
    • released on
  13. "Against the Grain" is a musical EP of Montevideo.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  14. "Against the Grain" is a musical album of In My Rosary.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  15. "Against The Grain" is a musical album of Altar Boys.
    • released in (28 years ago)


  1. "Against The Grain" is a book by Revilo P. Oliver.
    • subjects: Current events, History, Politics, International relations, Socialism, Political Science, Communism
  2. "Against the Grain" is a book by Reed Whittemore.
    • genres: Biography, Autobiography
    • subjects: 20th century, Literary


  1. "Against the Grain" a.k.a. "Josh: Independence Through Unity" is a 2013 Pakistani mystery thriller drama film written, directed and produced by Iram Parveen Bilal with co-producers Saad Bin Mujeeb and Kelly Thomas. Film is set to be release at Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan and India on 10 August 2013. The film stars Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Naveen Waqar, Adnan Shah Tipu, Kaiser Khan Nizamani, Parveen Akber, Nyla Jafri, Salim Mairaj, Faizan Haqquee and Ali Rizvi in the ensemble cast.
  2. Against the Grain is an American dramatic television series that aired on NBC from October to December 1993. There are 43 minute-long episodes, starring John Terry, Donna Bullock, Robyn Lively, Ben Affleck, and Vanessa Lee Evigan. The show was inspired by Buzz Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream.
  3. "Against The Grain" is a 2014 drama romance film written and directed by Elias Mael.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Romance Film, Drama
    • released on
    • award: - African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Feature (United States)


Against the Grain: A program about politics, society, and ideas.

  • also known as KPFA: Against the Grain

Phrases with Against the Grain

  1. Go Against the Grain
  2. To Go Against the Grain

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Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2006)

Volume 1: Religion by Samuel S. Hill

Dunbar, Against the Grain: Southern Radicals and Prophets, – ( ); Frye Gaillard, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

against the grain Opposed to one's inclination or preference, as in Wefollowed the new supervisors advice, though it went against the grain. This metaphor refers to the natural direction of the fibers in ...

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I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world. (Elijah Wood)
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