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backwater

noun [C]     /ˈbæk.wɔː.tər/ US  /-wɑː.t̬ɚ/
a part of a river where the water does not flow : We tied the boat up in a quiet backwater overnight .Parts of watercourses disapproving a place that is not influenced by new ideas or events that happen in other places and does not change : He grew up in a rural backwater. → Compare jerkwaterTowns, cities and villages (general)
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