against the grain

against the grain

contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something

This phrase alludes to the fact that wood is easier to cut along the line of the grain than across or against it.


make the grade


reach the desired standard – informal

a grain of mustard seed

a small thing capable of vast development

Black mustard seed grows to a great height. In Matthew 13 : 31 – 2, it is stated that mustard seed indeed is the least of all seeds. But when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs.

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