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or white-water

[hwahyt-waw-ter, -wot-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər, ˈwaɪt-/
of or moving over or through rapids:
whitewater rafting down the Colorado River.
Origin of whitewater
First recorded in 1900-05; from white water


[hwahyt-waw-ter, -wot-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər, ˈwaɪt-/
a town in SE Wisconsin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It boasts six stories, mosaic flooring in the halls, and the only passenger elevator in whitewater.

    The Sturdy Oak Samuel Merwin, et al.
  • Good was his horse and grand his gear, And his girths were wet with whitewater.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • A fine bunch of whitewater birlers we'd look if we got hung up by an old mossback in a plug hat.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • While the north wind swept the hillside there They forgat the other whitewater.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • John, as we understood, went to Wisconsin and settled in whitewater.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
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Frequent changes in the structure and environment of a company, like mergers, cutbacks, and reengineering: Some whitewater is fun, but it takes a lot out of you

[1990s+ Corporate; fr rafting or kayaking in turbulent and dangerous white water]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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