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  1. a tide that opposes another or other tides, causing a violent disturbance in the sea.
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Origin of riptide

First recorded in 1860–65; rip2 + tide1

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  1. Also called: rip, tide-rip a stretch of turbulent water in the sea, caused by the meeting of currents or abrupt changes in depth
  2. Also called: rip current a strong current, esp one flowing outwards from the shore, causing disturbance on the surface
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