To Go with the Flow (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Go with the Flow"?

If a person is said to go with the flow, it means they are not resolute in their position and prepared to side with the majority. The term dates back to the late 1900s. It was widely used in the US and alludes to the ebb and flow of tides. It is thought to have gained popularity because of its appealing rhyme.
To Go with the Flow (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • She rarely disagrees with her team mates. She just goes wiith the flow.
  • We're just going with the flow on holiday. I haven't booked any activities.
  • I don't like making plans. My friends and I prefer to go with the flow.

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What are idioms? What is figurative language? A list of common grammar errors A list of easily confused words A list of sayings and proverbs

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