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

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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 As a child, Felipe hurls himself at riptides in the ocean, nearly drowns, and emerges eager for more. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 When visiting open water like the beach, Ramos advises parents to be proactive and research challenges unique to that environment (e.g., riptides), and know what to do in the event of a drowning emergency. Erin Strybis, Washington Post, "Drowning happens so easily. Here’s what parents get wrong about water safety.," 5 July 2019 Her final surrender to the riptides of competing opinions on Europe in her own party, the nation’s Parliament and the country at large seems to personify the intensity of current political divisions. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: British politics reflect change — and stability," 14 June 2019 The storm was over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, and is spawning heavy surf and riptides on the coast, Mr. Cooper said. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Michael Adds ‘Insult to Injury’ for Florence-Hit North Carolina," 12 Oct. 2018 In all, nine adults and kids were caught in the deadly riptide. Jonathan Small, Good Housekeeping, "My Family Almost Drowned. Then, 50 Strangers Stepped In and Saved Us.," 16 July 2018 There’s a reason why the NFL was uniquely vulnerable to the emotional riptides currently roiling the country’s politics. Charles P. Pierce,, "Trump Has Made the NFL His Punching Bag. The League’s Best Response Is Defiance," 9 July 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riptide was in 1862

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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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