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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--
But investors beware: there is a real estate undertow which may have an impact on current markets.
a developer of premier map databases, and UnderTow Software, Inc.
UnderTow Software will use GDT's Dynamap(R)/Transportation as the map foundation for its Precision Mapping line of electronic consumer retail products that provide street-level mapping, trip planning, and importable street-level maps for use in high-end graphic design packages.
GDT's attention to detail means that UnderTow Software users will get the most up-to-date and comprehensive map information available," said Steve Peskaitis, President of UnderTow Software, Inc.
Drawing parallels between the dangers of swimming in undertow waters and the current real estate market is quite appropriate.