go against the grain Definition
- 1. A single small hard fruit, resembling a seed, produced by a cereal plant or other grass.
2. Such fruits referred to collectively.
3. Any of the cereal plants that produce such fruits, eg wheat, corn.
4. A small hard particle of anything.
5. A very small amount.
- Example: a grain of truth
- Thesaurus: particle, mite, speck, fragment, bit, modicum, crumb, iota, jot, morsel, granule, scintilla.
- Thesaurus: texture, striation, pattern, weft, tooth, nap, weave, warp and woof.
7. The main direction of the fibres in paper or the threads in a woven fabric.
8. Any of the small particles of metallic silver that form the dark areas of the image on a developed photograph.
9. In the avoirdupois system: the smallest unit of weight, equal to 0.065 grams, formerly said to be the average weight of a grain of wheat (7 000 grains being equivalent to one pound avoirdupois).
10. In the troy system: a similar unit of weight (5760 grains being equivalent to one pound troy).
- tr & intr
1. To form into grains.
2. To give a rough appearance or texture to something.
3. To paint or stain something with a pattern like the grain of wood or leather.
- To be against someone's principles or natural character.