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Bow Wave

A slang term for the initial shock of a change decreed by upper management. The term has a slightly negative connotation, but the situation is usually considered to be temporary.
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The steep increase in acquisition costs beyond 2013-2017 suggests that a classic bow wave is being created by DoD.
Stevebates101's composition, called Calm Seas, uses a long exposure to create a sense of stillness quite at odds with the bow waves being churned up by 60 sailing leviathans in today's Parade of Sail, as the Tall Ships leave the Mersey.
With pavements completely submerged, cars were forcing up bow waves several feet high.
Sheer grip is better than might be expected but the car doesn't like maximum effort braking from high speeds and on motorways it tends to get blown about by side winds and bow waves from lorries.
Though the mechanisms that produce such emissions will--like virtually every other aspect of the encounters--require much additional study, the Sakigake team infers that the signals result from "moving shock or bow waves in the coma region of the comet, due to time-dependent variations in the solar wind.
They were taken out to the end of the derelict Lloyd's Hailing Station pier in North Shields by a speedboat - but the owner left them stranded in the path of bow waves from giant North Sea ferries.
My friend tells me that trout create huge bow waves as they chase the Peach Doll.