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, while surreptitious in nature, will have a direct, unconcealed impact on both commercial and residential real estate.
The undertow in today's real estate market is in the Tractable-Homeless Capital.
BOB: There are a lot of undertows with esoteric things like virtual tape, the impact of the SAN, and concepts like tape sharing.
Mother grits her teeth and remembers a fox-fur cape flying over her shoulders, trailing her as she climbs out of a college dormitory window into the arms of a young man whose latter-day face peers out of a golden frame set on a table just as you come into this house, and she wants him, wants him, wants him, remembers the pulling between them like undertows, heat growing between them, and she grits her teeth for her older daughter, whom she can see right through.
You do not know what tides, currents or undertows are lurking there.
The water - provided it's not of the salty variety with large waves and dangerous undertows - is just fine.
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.