undertow

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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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He said: "Many young swimmers want to show-off about their swimming skills on the beaches, without knowing the tide timings or understanding undertow.
UNDERTOWS. One wave running back to sea underneath the next wave coming in creates a current known as an undertow.
The weighty surface pressures (short-term, high-yield investments) are forcing some real estate currents to go subsurface, transforming important real estate fundamentals into undertows. This results in investors being pulled away from the shore.
Thirty-some years after the liberalization of abortion laws in most Western countries, we are starting to discover more of abortion's dark undertows or echoes.
Better to settle for a paddle and get home safely, than tempt tides, currents and undertows.