ebb and flow

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ebb and flow (plural ebbs and flows)

  1. The flowing out and in of the tide.
  2. (figuratively) A large flowing out and in.
    • 2001: I want to hear the roaring ebb and flow of Broadway — The New Yorker Online, 29 Oct 2001



ebb and flow (third-person singular simple present ebbs and flows, present participle ebbing and flowing, simple past and past participle ebbed and flowed)

  1. To alternately ebb and flow.