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undertow

noun [C usually singular]     /ˈʌn.də.təʊ/ US  /-dɚ.toʊ/
a strong current flowing underwater in a different direction to the way the water on the surface is moving, especially one that flows away from the land at the same time as a wave hits the beachFloods, tides and currents
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