tide over


tided over; tiding over; tides over

transitive verb

: to support or enable to survive temporarily
money to tide us over until payday

Examples of tide over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series is slated to launch this fall, and will help tide over audiences awaiting more from Reeves’ The Batman world. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2024 Being relatively smaller than other players gave it the ability to tide over the ban. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2021 The speed with which Yango Group Co . has run into trouble again shows that bond exchanges—a popular tool for developers seeking to avert default and a broader debt restructuring—won’t necessarily be enough to tide over all of these companies through a brutal industry downturn. Rebecca Feng, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2022 Royal Caribbean’s total debt has increased from roughly $6.4 billion in 2017 to about $18 billion as of 2020, while its total cash increased from roughly $100 million to over $4.3 billion over the same period, as the company has raised funding to tide over the crisis. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The walkout roiled family schedules, as thousands of parents sought day care, missed work and lined up at city centers for grab-and-go food packs of six meals to tide over their school-age children through Thursday. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2023 At about ten grand, the GLI is a hell of a good deal, one that could tide over many BMW, Audi, and Mercedes aspirants until their ships come in. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 15 Mar. 2023 The government offered some compensation, but mostly in the form of loans to tide over businesses and workers. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The initial payout — the amount of which is still being determined — would aim to tide over the firm’s distressed customers, many of them Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and their companies, with more cash to follow as the bank’s assets are sold. Saleha Mohsin, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tide over was in 1821

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“Tide over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tide%20over. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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