Meaning of “sail against the wind” in the English Dictionary

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"sail against the wind" in British English

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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 joining the club.

(Definition of “sail against the wind” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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