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.
If they attempt to bring back water charges by the back door, we believe there will be huge resistance.
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It is in a popular back water position, yet within easy reach of the city centre and other areas of interest around.
With the help of old maps and photographs that go back to 1854, we told the story of Mount through a slide show - how it changed from a country back water into a modern suburb.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: Some scientists fear a disaster waiting to happen when Houston's perfect storm comes, Mexico pays back water debt to U.
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.
The new subsidiary, Gulf Coast Western Energy Services, also headquartered in Dallas, provides oilfield spill and frac tank containment systems, water transfer, flow back water recovery services, well clean up services, onsite Cold Clean equipment cleaning services and high pressure pipe restraints.
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.
DRYLOK Clear Masonry Waterproofer holds back water under pressure.