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"undertow" in British English

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undertownoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈʌn.də.təʊ/  us   /-dɚ.toʊ/
a ​strongcurrentflowingunderwater 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 ​wavehits the ​beach
(Definition of undertow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"undertow" in American English

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undertownoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌtoʊ/
a ​strongcurrent that ​flows under ​water away from a ​beach at the same ​time as ​waves on the ​surface move toward the ​beach
(Definition of undertow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “undertow”
in Chinese (Simplified) 水下逆流, (尤指)退浪,回卷…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水下逆流, (尤指)退浪,回捲…
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