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Farting against thunder

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 30, 2007

In Reply to: Farting against thunder posted by Alan on October 29, 2007

: Is "farting against thunder" a phrase with similar meaning to "pissing into the wind"?

Similar, perhaps, but not exactly equivalent.

If your words or actions are contrary to the prevailing wind, that is, the trend of current thinking in your milieu, they will be futile and may come back in your face, just as pissing into the wind will just get you unpleasantly wet from what comes back in your face.

If you are speaking while [Churchill / the Queen / Gandhi / Dad / God] is talking, you are wasting your breath and won't be heard, any more than a fart is heard against thunder.