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English definition of “sail against the wind”

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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 using the club.
Translations of “sail against the wind”
in Chinese (Traditional) 逆人心而動…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逆人心而动…
(Definition of sail against the wind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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