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flood tide

the inflow of the tide; rising tide.
Origin of flood tide
First recorded in 1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a boisterous day, half a gale of wind against the flood tide.

  • A crimson wave flew to her face—a flood tide of humiliation.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • It's a flood tide to-day and with the big ground swell she hasn't a chance.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Did it fail him he would be caught by the flood tide some miles from land.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • When he closes the lid, the water rises again; then it is flood tide.

  • The fishing is done on the flood tide, mostly, but often at the last of the ebb.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing James Alexander Henshall
  • The Lewis and Clark Centennial then is the flood tide of opportunity.

  • Now the flood tide does not run through the bridge at right angles to the span.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • At flood tide they will be found in the channel, but at ebb they seek some deep hole.

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • At flood tide a swimmer could pass directly over it in safety.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
flood tide in Science
flood tide  
The period between low tide and high tide, during which water flows toward the shore. Compare ebb tide. See more at tide.
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