Backwater

Noun

  • (idiomatic) A remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
  • The water held back by a dam or other obstruction
  • A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water

Verb

  • (idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position.
  • To row or paddle a backwater stroke.

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