undertow

[ US /ˈəndɝˌtoʊ/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌndətˈə‍ʊ/ ]
NOUN
  1. an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling
    his account had a poignant undertow of regret
  2. the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore
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How To Use undertow In A Sentence

  • Stronger than the real Rianna, strong as the undertow of the tide, as the onrush of the wave. THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: THE SANGREAL TRILOGY ONE
  • The dangerous undertow means that swimming is not allowed.
  • They are outwardly charming but ultimately ruled by darker forces, like the fierce undertow that pulls and drags at the coast of the Breton island where this beguiling novel is set.
  • She hit the sandy ground, and got pulled out with the undertow.
  • There was now in one place, now in another, a strong _undertow_, as they called it -- a reflux, that is, of the inflowing waters, which was quite sufficient to carry those who could not swim out into the great deep, and rendered much exertion necessary, even in those who could, to regain the shore. The Seaboard Parish, Complete
  • Some people mistakenly call this an undertow, but there's no undercurrent, just an offshore current.
  • The narrative momentum is maintained by a flowing rhythm, without analytical undertow or plotting cross-currents that could impede the inevitable, although not predictable, conclusion.
  • Already the sea was breaking up the wooden cases, the undertow dragging the barbecue kits and sun-loungers into the deep water. RUSHING TO PARADISE
  • Struggling against the current, he was overcome by the undertow several times before he managed to swim with the child to where the boys waited.
  • I pretended to be absolutely thrilled at the idea of bodysurfing in the freezing North Atlantic, until I was caught by an undertow and ended up facedown in two inches of sandy water, flapping my arms like Curly from the Three Stooges. I'm Perfect, You're Doomed
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