flood tide


Definition of flood tide

1 : a rising tide
2a : an overwhelming quantity
b : a high point : peak

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Examples of flood tide in a Sentence

the flood tide of bad manners that seems to be inundating contemporary society
Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the desire to help prevent future mass shootings is at flood tide, and there are defined and reasonable actions for the empathetic and compassionate to take. Patty Limerick, The Denver Post, "Limerick: We yearn to help after human tragedies, and there is a way," 16 Aug. 2019 The Crown Prince is determined to seize this moment and sail on the flood tide. James Stavridis, Time, "Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Convinced Me He’s a Force to Be Reckoned With," 22 Mar. 2018 The flood tide of performances, publications, recordings and events from all corners of the world (including, this summer and beyond, at Ravinia) during the 2018 Bernstein centennial celebration promises to correct this perceptual imbalance. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric Opera offers up a sweet celebration of Bernstein at 100," 11 Mar. 2018 On a flood tide, the current spit us grapeseed-like through the Narrows at 11 knots — about twice our normal motoring speed. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, "Sailing the water wonderlands of South Puget Sound," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of flood tide

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flood tide was in 1719

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English Language Learners Definition of flood tide

: a rising tide
: a very large amount of something

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