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

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Recent Examples on the Web The lightly comic tone continues after the Kims begin working for the Parks, despite ripples of unease that develop into riptides. New York Times, "‘Parasite’ Review: The Lower Depths Rise With a Vengeance," 10 Oct. 2019 And was doing so when one of us wiped out careening down Angel Street on a bike, and another was caught in a riptide at Laguna Beach., "George Briere," 10 Oct. 2019 On July 14, Fred Pepperman and his family were out for a day at the beach in Seacrest, Florida, when one of his daughters, Grace, 16, was caught in a riptide. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Father Drowns While Heroically Saving Daughters from Riptide in Florida: 'I Got You'," 24 July 2019 There have been 28 deaths across the U.S. this year due to riptides, according to the National Weather Service. Fox News, "Dad drowns after saving daughter, 8, from Florida riptide: police," 11 July 2019 No, blueberries aren't getting sucked into some strange breakfast food riptide, nor are your ingredients haunted. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Talk About the Physics of Pancakes," 3 Sep. 2019 Scripps scientist gets help from surfers worldwide for research Surfers monitor waves, gauge riptides and religiously track surf reports. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Phil Bresnahan," 26 Aug. 2019 Two of his other daughters — Olivia, 20, and Kathryn, 24, — went out to retrieve her, but were caught in the riptide as well, his wife, Julie Pepperman, told the news station. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Father Drowns While Heroically Saving Daughters from Riptide in Florida: 'I Got You'," 24 July 2019 Most dangerous are the choruses, gorgeous harmonies that warn about riptides and undertows. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: In Venice, an Opera Masks Climate Crisis in a Gentle Tune," 14 July 2019

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Riptide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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

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