noun Date: 1817 1. the current beneath the surface that sets seaward or along the beach when waves are breaking upon the shore 2. an underlying current, force, or tendency that is in opposition to what is apparent

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  • undertow — un|der|tow [ˈʌndətəu US dərtou] n [singular] 1.) the water current under the surface of the sea, that pulls away from the land when a wave comes onto the shore ▪ The dangerous undertow means that swimming is not allowed. 2.) a tendency or feeling …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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