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

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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 But the flooded channels are also subject to strong riptides that will make any rescue effort a challenge. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "12 Missing Boys And Their Soccer Coach Found Alive, Trapped in Thailand Cave," 2 July 2018 Turkey’s central bank lifted interest rates sharply Wednesday, an emergency measure aimed at stopping the riptide of capital pouring out of the country in recent days. New York Times, "Emerging Markets Are Worrying Investors, Again," 23 May 2018 Beaches lose points for water that’s too chilly, sand that’s too coarse, condo towers instead of dunes, riptides and drownings, erosion and limited public access. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Beach connoisseur: Maui has best one, Coronado’s is 9th," 31 May 2018 Beaches lose points for water that's too chilly, sand that's too coarse, condo towers instead of dunes, riptides and drownings, erosion and limited public access. Beth J. Harpaz,, "Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list," 25 May 2018 While Los Cabos has spectacular sea views, many of its beaches are unswimmable due to treacherous currents and riptides. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Honeymoon guide: Six Los Cabos resorts for couples," 8 May 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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to boil down or concentrate

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