Against the grain - If doing something goes against the grain, you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in, but you have no real choice.
Go against the grain - A person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.
Grain of salt - If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn't necessarily believe it all. ('pinch of salt' is an alternative)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. grain, L. granum, grain, seed, small kernel, small particle. See Corn, and cf. Garner (n.) Garnet Gram the chick-pea, Granule Kernel.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. granum, seed, akin to corn.
Cut as nearly as possible, across the grain.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The coffee grain will have the appearance already described.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Each female emits ordinarily some 300 grains, more or less, some of them not being able to render them all, and dying with them in their belly.
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various
Some day I hoped my father would take me to that shining market-place whereto he carried all our grain.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But that is because a little bit of the magic mirror is still in his eye, and another tiny grain remains in his heart.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The government had to buy the excess grain to keep the price up.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
State different tests with grains.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
It is the "Chicago of Canada," and hub of a world of grain, Queen City in the Kingdom of Bakers' Flour.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Care is necessary in turning animals into fields of clover or stubble fields in which there is a strong growth of volunteer grain.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The English Troy pound of 12 ounces contains 5760 English Troy grains, and is equal to 7021 Paris grains.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
The ships that raced the wool,
The grain, the jute, the tea,
And proud Thermophylae;
"The Ships He Served Of Old" by Cicely Fox Smith
And now I hear it in the grass
That grows as sweet again
And let a minutes notice pass
And now tis in the grain
"The Landrail" by John Clare
The valleys with the sheeted grain,
The river's smiling might,
The merry wind, the rustling rain,
The vastness of the night.
"Amor Vitae" by Archibald Lampman
A grain of--ought I mention names
And say whence sleep may be inspired?
Is it the thing to say of James,
"He makes me tired?"
""Bedbooks"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
When the grass is ripe like grain,
When the scythe is stoned again,
When the lawn is shaven clear,
Then my hole shall reappear.
"The Dumb Soldier" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I heard the joy of the reapers' song,
As they gathered golden grain;
Then wearily turned unto my task,
With a lonely sense of pain.
"Go Work in My Vineyard" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Take this honor with a small grain of salt, Lakewood Landing.
For pundits, Freakonomists, and Malcolm Gladwell, following the crowd meant going against the grain.
As Americans have been discovering this whole-grain variety of wheat, Italians have been rediscovering it.
Couscous , a tiny grain-like pasta made from semolina flour, is the basis of many Middle Eastern dishes.
He is the writer of the Greed, Greens and Grains blog.
Arsenal Pulp Press), dishes up exciting new twists on an age-old tradition, focusing on raw, gluten-free, and whole grain treats, like the one below.
Whole-grain 'risotto' doesn't need to be daunting .
His zesty version includes southern Italian green olives, dried oregano and whole-grain barley rolls from Puglia called friselle.
Innovative hydraulic lift system builds 156-ft diameter , free-standing grain bin.
Marcia Crawford, Dietitian – All About Whole Grains, Part 1.
Low-test weight grain as well as shriveled or off color or black-tipped grain is causing their concerns.
View full size Portland Fire & Rescue Extra crews, including fire boats, were called to Columbia Grain, Inc, in North Portland this morning after an employee smelled smoke near one of the terminal's 30 grain elevators, officials said.
Here's how to sprout whole-grain berries for use as an ingredient in sprouted -grain bread.
And I'm struck with sad amazement how much you've aged since I last saw you— your face wearing away like sand, grain by invisible grain.
Using 12" horizontal augers to collect grain and a 17" main auger to deliver it to a trailer or grain cart, it is capable of filling a 1,000-bu.
Indeed, the D-G mechanism assumes that the relaxation rate is the same whether grain rotates in stationary magnetic ﬁeld or magnetic ﬁeld rotates around a stationary grain.
Physics of Grain Alignment
The same thermal trapping makes grain alignment less eﬃcient in molecular clouds where grain rotational temperature approaches its body temperature.
Physics of Grain Alignment
Kim & Martin 1995) allows to ﬁnd for different environments the critical grain size starting with which grains are aligned.
Physics of Grain Alignment
In particular jν,e depends on it trough the dust grain temperature T : grain heating is almost always dominated by the radiation ﬁeld.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
It may be that OMC-1 contains a grain population with larger than normal sizes, or more than usual amounts of a particular grain composition.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies