Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “sail against the wind”

sail against the wind

to be trying to achieve something that is unlikely to succeed because most people would oppose it: He's sailing against the wind in his attempt to stop women using the club.Opposing and against
(Definition of sail against the wind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Opposing & against, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing opposition & disapproval topic area:

Translations of “sail against the wind”

Word of the Day

cruise

a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More