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a contrapelo

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a contrapelo
the wrong way, against the grain

A Spanish-English Dictionary (Granada University, Spain), 14.4

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a contrapelo
= against the grain ; against the nap.
Ex: There are many able people who are endeavouring to do the kind of things discussed in this article against the grain of an historically received pattern of organisation. Ex: Brush your curtains regularly, against the nap and then with the nap direction, to remove dust.


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