LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||21/ABR/2006 5:39 PM|
|Assunto:||Against the grain|
Here "grain" refers to wood. I think the word in Portuguese would be veio or fibra.
To go against the grain = ser contra a natureza
When you work wood against the grain, you are fighting it. The wood is going to splinter. If you work with the grain, you have a better chance of obtaining a final product that is attractive and in good condition .
It goes against my grain to beg for help, but I have no choice.
I don't want to go against the grain, but... (I don't want to do something against the wishes, practices, policies, and beliefs of others, but...)
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