Examples from the Web for backwater
In contrast, says Aftergood, “security has traditionally been a backwater that hires former military personnel and muscle men.”
State of Wonder borrows some plot points; Marina is delayed in a backwater before heading down the river, like Marlow.Ann Patchett’s 'State of Wonder' and Other Twists on Classic Novels|Caryn James|December 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Western Europe—sticking out into the cold North Atlantic, far from the centers of action—had always been a backwater.
To be sure, patriot-Americans are not know-nothing nativists or backwater rubes, nor are post-Americans traitors.
The room faced the backwater of traffic, and was very silent.The Forsyte Saga, Complete|John Galsworthy
At the back lay a marsh or lagoon, which evidently was at one time a channel for the backwater of the river.The Pacification of Burma|Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
A horn of bank with alder bushes ran out into the stream, a smooth eddy or backwater curling within.A Monk of Fife|Andrew Lang
He has a great house in one of the backwater squares of New York, for his office.The Black Box|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Crossing to another lake or backwater, one might find the whole flock, or possibly the gobblers, with not a hen around.The Wild Turkey and Its Hunting|Edward A. McIlhenny
British Dictionary definitions for backwater
verb back water
Word Origin and History for backwater
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.