“I wanted to show the kind of marriage that has its ebbs and flows,” Quindlen said.
At Eastbourne, for example, the water flows for about five hours, and ebbs for about seven and a half.
Like the sea is our life for its largeness; like the sea in its ebbs and flows.
Twice a day it rises, and twice a day it sinks and ebbs again all along the shore.
The music lingers still for a moment, ebbs, and then dies away.
A man must screw up his soul to a high pitch to make it sensible how it ebbs away.
"I care nothing for your ins and outs, your ebbs and floods," returned the Alderman, in heat.
The blood rushes into her face, then ebbs away, leaving it even paler than before.
It might happen that you would reap a hundredfold before the year ebbs out.
Twice in every day it ebbs and flows; we call this movement of the sea the tides.
Old English ebba "ebb, low tide," perhaps from Proto-Germanic *abjon (cf. Old Frisian ebba, Old Saxon ebbiunga, Middle Dutch ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe), from *ab-, from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Figurative sense of "decline, decay" is c.1400.
Old English ebbian, from the root of ebb (n.). Related: Ebbed; ebbing.