Idioms

    turn the tide, to reverse the course of events, especially from one extreme to another: The Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the American Revolution.

Origin of tide

1
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tīd time, hour; cognate with Dutch tijd, German Zeit, Old Norse tīth; akin to time

Related forms

tide·ful, adjectivetide·less, adjectivetide·less·ness, nountide·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tide over (1 of 3)

tide over


verb

(tr) to help to get through (a period of difficulty, distress, etc)the money tided him over until he got a job

British Dictionary definitions for tide over (2 of 3)

tide

1
/ (taɪd) /

noun

verb

to carry or be carried with or as if with the tide
(intr) to ebb and flow like the tide

Derived Forms

tideless, adjectivetidelike, adjective

Word Origin for tide

Old English tīd time; related to Old High German zīt, Old Norse tīthr time

British Dictionary definitions for tide over (3 of 3)

tide

2
/ (taɪd) /

verb

(intr) archaic to happen

Word Origin for tide

Old English tīdan; related to Old Frisian tīdia to proceed to, Middle Low German tīden to hurry, Old Norse tītha to desire
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Medicine definitions for tide over

tide

[ tīd ]

n.

An alternate increase and decrease, as of levels of a substance in the blood or digestive tract.
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Science definitions for tide over

tide

[ tīd ]

The regular rise and fall in the surface level of the Earth's oceans, seas, and bays caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon and to a lesser extent of the Sun. The maximum high tides (or spring tides) occur when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with Earth, so that their gravitational pull on Earth's waters is along the same line and is reinforced. The lowest high tides (or neap tides) occur when the Moon and Sun are at right angles to each other, so that their gravitational pull on Earth's waters originates from two different directions and is mitigated. Tides vary greatly by region and are influenced by sea-floor topography, storms, and water currents. See also ebb tide flood tide neap tide spring tide.
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Idioms and Phrases with tide over (1 of 2)

tide over


Support through a difficult period, as in I asked my brother for $100 to tide me over until payday. This expression alludes to the way the tide carries something. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with tide over (2 of 2)

tide


In addition to the idiom beginning with tide

  • tide over

also see:

  • stem the tide
  • swim against the current (tide)
  • swim with the tide
  • time and tide
  • turn of the tide
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