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backwater

noun [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.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.
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