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

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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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