go with the grain


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Can you tell me the meaning "go with the grain"?
The solution is simple: whenever possible, school tests should be made anonymous.Sometimes it makes sense to go with the grain. Young boys are more likely to read when the topic is zombies or superheroes; older ones prefer newspapers or comic books. So make them all available.


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  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    To go with the grain (idiom) = to accept something rather than oppose it or fight against it.

    "The grain" refers to the grain in a plank of wood. If you rub the wood with (in the direction of) the grain, the wood feels smooth; if you rub the wood against (in the opposite direction to) the grain, the wood feels sharp and rough and you may be cut.