backwater Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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backwaternoun [C]

uk   /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. disapproving a ​place that does not ​change because it is not ​influenced by new ​ideas or ​events that ​happen in other ​places: He ​grew up in a ​rural backwater.
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backwaternoun [C]

 us   /ˈbækˌwɔ·t̬·ər, -ˌwɑt̬·ər/
a ​place that does not ​seem to ​know much about the ​world and ​itsways: Miami ​transformed from a ​cultural backwater to a ​culinary trendsetter.
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