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undertow

1. the seaward undercurrent following the breaking of a wave on the beach
2. any strong undercurrent flowing in a different direction from the surface current

undertow

[′ən·dər‚tō]
(oceanography)
A subsurface seaward movement by gravity flow of water carried up on a sloping beach by waves or breakers.
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Paralleling this ambiguity, it's difficult to pin down exactly what Undertow is on genre terms.
"Winds and undertows can cause serious problems even for professional swimmers.
I sat between them while people around us were saying, "Oh, she's a goner, this one is a goner." I always thought that it was the undertow that day even though they were only wading in one or two feet of water because it was so rough, but they ended up out near the end of the pier.
Raskin cited various statistics to describe this undertow. The nation's poverty rate has risen sharply, to 15 percent since the start of the recession, after a decade of relative stability.
For example, if you misjudged a surf run and flew off the wall of waves, you'd be sucked right back in by the undertow and be- come stuck in a seaside spin cycle.
A statement Sunday by Dubai municipal and civil rescue officials says more life guards will monitor the beaches and strictly enforce no-swim rules when the waves and undertow are deemed too dangerous.
Ideographic bulb * Hemp undertow * Inflorescent line
The Citation reads: "Without hesitation, she jumped in the icy waters to search for him, but was suddenly caught up by the strong undertow and pulled towards the middle of the river.
Amber waves and undertow; peril, hope, sweat, and downright nonchalance in dry wheat country.
On July 29, 32-year-old Pantelis Nikandrou Stylianou drowned there when he and a fellow swimmer, an Austrian tourist, got into difficulty in the enormous waves and strong undertow. The Austrian was rescued.
UNDERTOWS. One wave running back to sea underneath the next wave coming in creates a current known as an undertow.
It's fun to rent one of the boats for a tour of the lake, but never swim in it, as this lake is known to have a dangerous undertow.