rip·​tide | \ ˈrip-ˌtīd How to pronounce riptide (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web One day very soon, a struggling swimmer caught in a riptide off Baldwin County’s beaches could look up to see a drone dropping a lifesaving float. al, 20 Aug. 2021 The boys meet when David saves Alexis after his skiff capsizes during a riptide; their friendship and gradual intimacy develop out of their opposing backgrounds. Armond White, National Review, 18 June 2021 In part, that is because of the hard-right focus of recent Republican officeseekers, a trend that preceded former President Donald J. Trump and became a riptide during his time in the White House. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Greene is not some wayward suburban CrossFit wife, a Trump supporter who lost herself in a conspiratorial riptide. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 For them, there was a riptide, or whirlpool, churning in numbing chaos, almost always of a family somehow broken. Tim Kelleher, National Review, 28 Feb. 2021 The urgency to address the riptide of misinformation is only growing as coronavirus cases surge and hospital beds fill with critically ill patients, researchers say. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2020 And so even many who would resist the implications of this transformation are often swept up in the riptide of it. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 30 Nov. 2020 Whiting was at Monterey Beach with her kids when her 10-year-old daughter Hayley got caught up in a riptide that took her far out into the ocean. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of riptide

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riptide was in 1862

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“Riptide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of riptide

: a strong usually narrow current of water that flows away from a shore

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