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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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While wading in Lake Michigan, Josephine and her sister Esther were swept from their footing and drifted in a strong undertow to water seven-feet deep, three hundred feet from shore.
The undertow (THC) current must reach the surface, allowing investors to make rational investments.
At that moment, the undertow again released Balch and she bobbed to the surface like a cork.
Rural communities know the powerful tug of the undertow.
Even more than Bronislava Nijinska, the ballet's first choreographer, Bejart caught the score's powerful sexual undertow.
But, in the meantime, blacks, experts say, are more vulnerable to getting sucked down by the economic undertow than any other group.
This discussion of the stages of continued development and waves of reform includes no denials of "arrested development" or "tidal waves and undertow.
Steel calls Robert Kennedy the most avid believer in the Kennedy myth of innocent hope, but he also acknowledges that Kennedy avoided discussion of his brother's assassination in part because he felt the undertow of hidden government earlier and more keenly than the rest of us.
There is now a rolling undertow in many of the news stories about East European countries, particularly Russia: Capitalism is by its nature corrupt, and only a generous dollop of governmental control - a check on the thugs who inevitably rule the marketplace - can save the wretched masses since the communist state has withered away.
She also argues that our response to these changes in family life ought not to consist of shaming and blaming the couples, parents, and children caught in the undertow of recent and enduring economic downturns.
Like a silent undertow, anxiety about race and racial mixing tugs at the narratives of most nineteenth-century canonical American writers, even when it seems not to be their subject.
In practice, this division, has, up to now, resulted in his writing in two distinct modes: the neolyrics found in parts 1 and 3 of The Undertow and the "language poems" collected in the second part.
Below the swell & throb, a thundery undertow, moonboots shattering frozen light, while a microtone away the snowy bough of an evergreen swayed to the counterweight of a crow.
Later came Isles of the Blest (1924), Taboo (1925), Meat (1928), Undertow (1930), That Girl from Memphis (1945), Diamond Wedding (1950), and Their Town (1952).
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