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    Please, could you explain to me what means:

    "to be caught in the undertow"

    Is it meant literally or is it an idiom?

    Thank you very much

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    Re: Undertow

    "to be caught in the undertow" can be used either literally or figuratively.

    The literal meaning for swimmers is to be caught in a strong subsurface flow of water returning seaward from the shore as a result of wave action.

    The figurative (idiomatic) meaning is to be carried in the opposite direction by popular opinion. Example: "He did not believe that global warming was being caused by human activity but he was caught in the undertow of political correctness."

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