rip cur-rent

rip current

noun
undertow ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1935–40

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rip current  


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A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore. Rip currents form when excess water that has accumulated along a shore due to wind and waves rushes back suddenly to deeper waters. Also called rip tide.
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