back water

back water

To reverse direction suddenly, as on an opinion or stance on some subject. Refers to nautical terminology in which the oars of a ship or boat are reversed in the water so as to halt or change the course of the vessel. With public pressure mounting, the government is expected to back water on the new legislation.
See also: back, water

back water

Reverse a position, take back a statement, or otherwise retreat, as in We're sure that the senator will back water on raising taxes. This term literally refers to a vessel that moves backward in the water because its oars, paddles, or paddlewheel are reversed. It soon was transferred to other kinds of reversal. [Second half of 1700s]
See also: back, water
References in classic literature ?
Where the mangroves ceased, and where high ground and a beaten runway came down to the water's edge, Van Horn motioned the rowers to back water and lay on their oars.
Nevertheless, he stuck to their wake, though indeed their back water must have retarded him, because the white-bone or swell at his broad muzzle was a dashed one, like the swell formed when two hostile currents meet.
It was on a back water surrounded by scrub and forest, with a pretty border of smelly mud on one side, and on the three others inclosed by a crazy fence of rushes.
STANDING in a back water position in the popular district of Eastern Green is this Grade II listed three-storey semi detached cottage, which definitely has the wow factor
Authorities said the dam was built to hold back water and residue from mining operations, a mixture that can often be toxic.
Women and children have to walk miles every day to carry back water for the family.
Gina McCarthy had little choice but to do so after a crew working for the EPA accidentally breached a dam holding back water containing high levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals.
Homes in the area of Otterburn Close and Rocket Way will benefit from the four-week project, which will see earth mounds constructed to hold back water at two locations, and improved drainage within a large playing field that has been a source of floodwater.
Hundreds of villagers who live near the low lying water logged regions of Kuttanad region in Alappuzha city in Kerala, which is famous for its back water tourism, are facing an acute shortage of drinking water for several years.
PRICE: Offers Around PS230,000 AGENT: Jowett 01484 536799 Under PS200,000 Somerset Road, Almondbury LOCATED in a pleasant back water, just off Somerset Road, is this attractive double-fronted detached bungalow.
DRYLOK Clear Masonry Waterproofer holds back water under pressure.
If you look at the way it's carried out, and the depth it will go, the ground water table is bound to suffer, breaking the rocks that have sat there for years holding back water reserves.
Cycles of three such as: SAW HORSE POWER; MEAL TIME PIECE; BACK WATER WING; DOG WATCH FIRE; and SALT WATER TABLE are harder to come by, and cycles of two, e.
In some cases this involves a several hour round-trip, bringing back water that is often dirty, and leading to high levels of water-borne disease.