undertow

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undertow

1. A strong undercurrent, as in the ocean. There's a really powerful undertow today, so I think the kids should stay out of the water.
2. A contrasting tone or aspect in art or literature. That movie is advertised as a comedy, but the humor has a strong undertow of sadness and despair.
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The undertow in today's real estate market is in the Tractable-Homeless Capital.
The undertow (THC) current must reach the surface, allowing investors to make rational investments.
She's going to him, the handsome young man who wants her, whose wanting was like an undertow at the dinner table, thunder in the water, threat in the air--
Undertows are stealthy, under-currents that lie beneath what appears to be calm waters.
But investors beware: there is a real estate undertow which may have an impact on current markets.
Anglers need heavier tackle to deal with seaweed and undertows that they can't see, and there's not much fun in catching corbina on stout gear.
Drawing parallels between the dangers of swimming in undertow waters and the current real estate market is quite appropriate.