tide over

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

Words Nearby tide over

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How to use tide over in a sentence

  • “In spite of the twists and turns, I believe the United States will tide over the crisis and difficulties,” he said.

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  • He ascends the pulpit and pours them as a purple tide over souls that are parched and perishing.

  • If only enough money might be earned to tide over the present evil day, all might be well.

    The Way We Live Now | Anthony Trollope
  • That is merely the expression of a weak gratitude towards the person who helps to tide over a dreary interval.

    A Rent In A Cloud | Charles James Lever
  • Fortunately we have managed to tide over that transitory state, and have produced the Japan of the present day.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • It was the first great trial which the new Government had to undergo, but it managed to tide over the difficulties.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with tide over

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]

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