Bow Wave

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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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and I mashed the accelerator until I hit 30 mph and could see a rooster-tail of water in the rear view mirror.
It is the same anger many people feel when they hear the ghastly whine of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Voyageurs national parks, the outrageous buzz of dirt bikes in Mojave National Preserve, the ominous clatter of sightseeing helicopters over Grand Canyon National Park, sonic booms from military flights over Death Valley National Park, the rumble of tour buses in Denali National Park, or the rooster-tail clamor of Jet Skis on any body of water in the United States large enough to float a rubber duck.
Worth more than $518 per pound in prize money, his winning trout was caught with a black rooster-tail lure that looks like a large fly when under water.