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low water

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noun
  1. water at its lowest level, as in a river.
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Origin of low water

First recorded in 1520–30
Related formslow-wa·ter, adjective
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Examples from the Web for low water

Historical Examples

  • I was uneasy, 'cause 'twas past low-water time, and there was fog comin' on.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Our principles and our politeness are on a par—at low-water mark.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • There is a depth of 14 ft. at low-water spring-tide on the bar.

  • I say, why is he so precious fond of hunting about among the rocks at low-water?

    Sappers and Miners

    George Manville Fenn

  • Low-water, but little money in pocket, when the finances are at a low ebb.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten


British Dictionary definitions for low water

low water

noun
  1. another name for low tide (def. 1)
  2. the state of any stretch of water at its lowest level
  3. a situation of difficulty or point of least success, excellence, etc
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