Back rush



the return of water seaward, down the foreshore of a beach, following the uprush of a wave.
Historical Examples

The heavy chain clinked taut with the pull of the outgoing tide, then relaxed in the back rush of water.
A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith

The back rush took him from his feet, but the others held on, and before the next wave came, the line was safely on the beach.
Orange and Green G. A. Henty

Ignorant, however, of the force of the water, he had been instantly swept off his feet by the back rush of the wave.
The Curse of Carne’s Hold G. A. Henty

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