Synonyms for backwater

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The sun had set, and the backwater, in deep shadow, was filling with a gentle haze.

Was it the backwater of my disgrace, I wonder, that has overwhelmed poor Gill?'

Then he had seemed to himself in the backwater, out of the throng of existence.

He came to the island, and let his boat slide into the backwater.

The backwater was not a happy place—they would not stay there a single minute.

The underlying principle of a world's backwater like this is restful stagnation.

The room faced the backwater of traffic, and was very silent.

The weir had not been on the main stream, but they had come upon it in exploring a backwater.

Why, you both look as you did that night the backwater of the South Fork came into our cabin.

In the hot summer days the backwater of a mill is a place beloved of many.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "water behind a dam," from back (adj.) + water (n.). Hence flat water without a current near a flowing river, as in a mill race (1820); figurative use of this for any flat, dull place is from 1899.

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