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To sand or plane a piece of wood parallel or nearly parallel to the fibers such that splinters forming ahead of the tool originate below the cutting surface.

Additional definitions for 'against the grain':

against the grainContrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
against the grainUnwillingly, reluctantly. It went much against the grain with him, i.e. it was much against his inclination, or against his pluck.
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